For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; a prayer of David written to instruct others. It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 12,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
60:1 O God, you have rejected us.
You suddenly turned on us in your anger.
Please restore us!
60:2 You made the earth quake; you split it open.
Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall.
60:3 You have made your people experience hard times;
you have made us drink intoxicating wine.
60:4 You have given your loyal followers a rallying flag,
so that they might seek safety from the bow. (Selah)
60:5 Deliver by your power and answer me,
so that the ones you love may be safe.
60:6 God has spoken in his sanctuary:
“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem;
the Valley of Succoth I will measure off.
60:7 Gilead belongs to me,
as does Manasseh!
Ephraim is my helmet,
Judah my royal scepter.
60:8 Moab is my washbasin.
I will make Edom serve me.
I will shout in triumph over Philistia.”
60:9 Who will lead me into the fortified city?
Who will bring me to Edom?
60:10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.
60:11 Give us help against the enemy,
for any help men might offer is futile.
60:12 By God’s power we will conquer;
he will trample down our enemies.