Resilience

Psalm 60

Focus:

60:12 By God’s power we will conquer; he will trample down our enemies.

Resilience is the ability to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. It is when a person is able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Being a follower of Yahweh requires resilience through storms.

In this passage, King David instructs God’s people on what it means to bounce back after loss. It is imperative for believers to pick themselves back up when they fall. This is essentially what David writes about in the first 3 verses. Israel has suffered a hard blow of defeat. But just because they lost a battle in a season does not mean they must stay defeated.

In verse 4 David reminds us that God’s people have been given a rallying flag. When Israel was brought to a moment when there seemed to be no hope, they were reminded of God’s promises (vs 6-9) for His people. These promises were the driving force of David’s troops when he went to battle against Aram, and when Joab struck down 12,000 Edomites.

At the core of God’s promises was the power of God Himself. David understood, “By God’s power we will conquer…” By God’s power his people will trample their enemies.

God’s people do not have to be defined by one loss. They do not have to be discouraged by one setback. God is looking for a people who would enjoy his mercy. To enjoy God’s mercy means that when they take a blow by an enemy, his people can pick themselves up, dust off, and press on in the battle knowing that God is fighting on their behalf. The blows in life are opportunities for stretching, bending and molding. Through them we are reminded of God’s promises, character and power. True faith that brings victory over our enemies is one that has resilience through the difficult conditions in life.

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