Psalm 60:9-12 (JDV)
Psalm 60:9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?
Psalm 60:10 God, haven’t you rejected us? God, you do not march out with our armies.
Psalm 60:11 Give us aid against the adversary, because human help is worthless.
Psalm 60:12 With God we will perform valiantly; he will trample our foes.
Occasionally we see news reports of athletes or bodybuilders who are no longer allowed to compete because they have been found to use performance enhancing drugs.
The psalmist here actually pleads for an edge that goes beyond what he and his nation could do in the flesh. He wants performance enhancement from God. With God they can accomplish their mission; without him their armies are doomed.
The same is true with our mission to disciple the nations. That is why the Lord told his church to stay put in Jerusalem until they were empowered by the Holy Spirit. That performance enhancement came on Pentecost, and it makes all the difference.
Lord, thank you for the power you have given us for doing your mission.