In Psalm 60, King David is disheartened by the news from home that Edom has attacked Judah from the south and his army has apparently suffered a defeat in their attempt at revenge.
David at first laments the fact that God has permitted these events, and speaks of God’s power to allow “hard things”. But then David turns his thoughts to the battles that lie ahead and of his confidence in victory, followed by his acknowledgement that without God, there is defeat.
Finally, David asks God for help against the enemy with an admission that man’s effort is in vain. In fact, not only is God help needed to “do valiantly”, it is actually God who will “tread down our foes”.
As Christians we know this to be true in all aspects of our lives. In our daily walk with Christ it doesn’t take long to realize that when we place our trust in God, and allow His will to prevail, things tend to play out for good. We become aware (often in retrospect) that God has in fact been running interference for us, dealing with those that would work against us so as to “tread down” their disruptive intent.
With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes.