I don’t know how anyone else feels about 2014, now that it’s been over for a few days, but I feel like it was a year of getting knocked around, spiritually speaking. David wrote Psalm 60 after suffering a pretty gnarly defeat and the verses that precede this morning’s all have a tone of “We’ve just gotten our butts handed to us.” David ends his reflection on getting his posterior kicked with a reminder to himself and any who would read this psalm in years to come (meaning me) Who it is that brings victory and how.
David states that it is in God that we shall do valiantly. It is an easy thing to think that the good things I’ve accomplished in the year gone by had something to do with me. The spiritual victories are always a rush and the mountain top moments rare, but mind-blowing. And it is not difficult at all to forget that God is responsible for securing those victories or calling me up those mountains. It is in God and only in God that I am ever able to do valiantly or experience any sort of victory. When I go it in my own strength, you can find me with my face planted in the muck. The Bible is replete with examples of this in the lives of other people of faith, but it still such a simple thing to lose sight of.
David continues and completes the thought with the reality that it is God Who will tread down our adversaries. David was speaking of physical adversaries; the military enemies he was facing on the battlefield. But the believer is told, in no uncertain terms, that we do not fight against flesh and blood opponents. We fight a spiritual fight (Ephesians 6:12). Our war is on another plane entirely. In the verse preceding this one (v.11), David concluded that deliverance by man is in vain, and he was talking about a battle with flesh and blood opponents. How much more true is that when the enemy is spiritual? How much more do I need God to fight for me when my opponent is so much more powerful than me?
The application of this verse is pretty clear to me. If I want 2015 to be a better year — a year of more victory than its predecessor — then I need to look to do things in God and I should be expecting that my adversaries — sinful world systems, my own sinful nature, and the devil and his forces — will be tread under foot by God. I cannot do these things, but God has done them and will do them again on my behalf if I walk in Him.