3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
3 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
3 You have made your people see hard things; you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.
3 You made your people look doom in the face, then gave us cheap wine to drown our troubles.
3 You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion.
3 You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that sent us reeling.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 60:3
Commentary on Psalm 60:1-5
(Read Psalm 60:1-5)
David owns God's displeasure to be the cause of all the hardships he had undergone. And when God is turning his hand in our favour, it is good to remember our former troubles. In God's displeasure their troubles began, therefore in his favour their prosperity must begin. Those breaches and divisions which the folly and corruption of man make, nothing but the wisdom and grace of God can repair, by pouring out a spirit of love and peace, by which only a kingdom is saved from ruin. The anger of God against sin, is the only cause of all misery, private or public, that has been, is, or shall be. In all these cases there is no remedy, but by returning to the Lord with repentance, faith, and prayer; beseeching him to return to us. Christ, the Son of David, is given for a banner to those that fear God; in him they are gathered together in one, and take courage. In his name and strength they wage war with the powers of darkness.