For the occasion of this psalm see the title and 2 Sam. 8:13, 14. The circumstances are not wholly clear. It would seem that while David was engaged in a campaign against Syria (Aram), the Edomites invaded Judah from the south, creating a situation of grave danger. The psalm was written when David first heard the news.
- Note the content of David’s prayer. What does he do first (verses 1-5), second (verses 6-8), third (verses 9-12)?
- What can we learn from David’s example concerning the way: (a) to meet bad news and (b) to find help in God?
- Verse 6. Shechem west of the Jordan, Succoth east of it, thus representing the whole land.
- Verse 8. ‘Upon Edom’: better, ‘to Edom’, as in RV mg. Moab and Edom were to have a menial place in God’s household, as compared with Israel.