When the Unexpected Happens

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 60:1-12

The situation has changed. David is no longer fleeing from Saul. He is now king. After all had been going well, David suffered a defeat at the hands of Edom. This left him shaken, staggering.

In this new situation, David again turns to God. He sees God as raising a banner. The banner was a rallying point, an encouragement to endure.

David asks for God’s help from “his right hand,” the symbol of his loving power to free from desperation. Today we know that the source of power is Jesus, seated at the right hand of God.

God responds to David’s plea by saying that he is the great “warrior-king” (vv. 6-12). How good to know that the almighty God, our loving heavenly Father, takes control. A hymn says, “Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me, not for the years of time alone, but for eternity.”

David fights with such faith, for he expects the God who had disciplined him by allowing him to be defeated now to give him victory (vv. 9,10). So often we claim to believe in God when our sense of security resides in what we expect people to do for us. Have faith in God instead.


Father, when the unexpected happens, help us to trust all the more in you. Amen.