4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.
4 You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow.
4 Then you planted a flag to rally your people, an unfurled flag to look to for courage.
4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
4 But you have raised a banner for those who fear you- a rallying point in the face of attack. Interlude
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 60:4
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.