David wrote Psalm 60 after the battle against Edom. The story was first written about in 2 Samuel. “So David became even more famous when he returned from destroying 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt” (2 Samuel 8:13). We know that David was a fierce warrior and had mighty men of war who served in his army. One of his soldiers was mentioned in relation to this battle against Edom in Kings. “Joab, his army commander, had stayed to bury some of the Israelite soldiers who had died in battle. While there, they killed every male in Edom. Joab and the army of Israel had stayed there for six months, killing them.” (1 Kings 11:15-16).
These exploits gave David insight into how God acts to deliver and defend his people. Some of his writings are reflections from his exploits for God and gives us information about warfare strategies. David credited God for his skills as a fighter and his victories in battle. “Blessed be the LORD my strength, Which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight” (Psalm 144:1). We don’t fight battles in the physical like David in the Old Testament, but our strategies against the kingdom of darkness are the same. “He teacheth my hands to war, So that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms” (Psalm 18:34).
David’s reference to a banner in Psalm 60 or a rallying point for people doing exploits for God, points to God’s confirmation that he is with his people. His banner is our testimony of salvation and our standard of righteousness, that we have set for the world. The kingdom of darkness will always try to contend with the kingdom of light. We contend for the things of God and continue to advance the kingdom of righteousness. God is clear that he will establish his church on a solid foundation, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against us (Matthew 16:18).
The devil will keep sending his cohorts, to try to antagonise and frustrate the purpose and plans of God for our lives. We will not back down; we will not be silent and we will not fear. We will continue to proclaim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ boldly. We will lead those we come in contact with to the light of Jesus Christ. We are children of God and the banner of God is our shield and defence. “for the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Deuteronomy 20:4).