Description
In this psalm, David looks forward to a time when God will trample Israel's enemies and allow Israel to inherit their land. Then God will be exalted and his glory over all the earth.
Commentary
In this psalm, David looks forward to a time when God will deliver Israel with his power (v6), when he will trample Israel's enemies and allow Israel to re-conquer their historic territories and more. In verses 7 to 9, God declares his people's ownership of Shechem (in northern Israel), the Valley of Succoth, Gilead and Manasseh (which were the territories of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh on both east and west sides of the Jordan), Ephraim (roughly the same area as the occupied West Bank today), Judah (southern Israel including Jerusalem), Moab (central Jordan), Edom (southern Jordan and northern Arabia), and Philistia (Gaza). The second-coming context of this prophecy is reflected in verse 5, "Rise up above the sky, O God! May your splendor cover the whole earth!" Other scriptures that show Israel inheriting enemy territory in the end-times include Zephaniah 2:9, Isaiah 26:15, Amos 9:12, and Obadiah 1:19

Verse 10 suggests that Jesus will lead Israel in battle against a fortified city in Edom. In Revelation 17-18, the Great Prostitute most likely represents Arabia (Edom), and its city called 'Mystery Babylon' is suddenly destroyed in the end-times. This is possibly the destruction of Mecca.

In verse 13b, it is God (Jesus) who tramples down Israel's enemies. But verses 10 to 13a suggest that he will lead Israel into battle and not fight alone. In verse 8, God calls Judah 'my sceptre'. Revelation 19:15 says of Jesus, who is from the tribe of Judah, "He will rule them with an iron rod, and he stomps the winepress of the furious wrath of God, the All-Powerful". The references to Gilead, Manasseh and Ephraim in verse 8 may possibly indicate that the lost ten tribes will also fight on Israel's side in this end-time battle. Although their identities are a mystery, God knows who belong to the lost tribes. Revelation 7:1-8 portrays an angel sealing the foreheads of the 144,000, of which 12,000 are from each Israelite tribe. So it is possible that all twelve tribes of Israel are involved in end-time battles, alongside Jesus, against the Antichrist and his empire.
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Places: Gilead, Manasseh, Ephraim, Judah, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Gaza, Jordan, Arabia
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Tags: Jesus fights muslim nations, Jesus tramples his enemies, Jesus leads Israel in battle, Lost tribes of Israel, Israel inherits land from her enemies
1 A song, a psalm of David. I am determined, O God! I will sing and praise you with my whole heart.
2 Awake, O stringed instrument and harp! I will wake up at dawn!
3 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Lord! I will sing praises to you before foreigners!
4 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
5 Rise up above the sky, O God! May your splendor cover the whole earth!
6 Deliver by your power and answer me, so that the ones you love may be safe.
7 God has spoken in his sanctuary: “I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem, the Valley of Succoth I will measure off.
8 Gilead belongs to me, as does Manasseh! Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my royal scepter.
9 Moab is my washbasin. I will make Edom serve me. I will shout in triumph over Philistia.”
10 Who will lead me into the fortified city? Who will bring me to Edom?
11 Have you not rejected us, O God? O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.
12 Give us help against the enemy, for any help men might offer is futile.
13 By God’s power we will conquer; he will trample down our enemies.
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