Psalm 108:12–13 (ESV) … “Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.”
Psalm 108 is one the psalms that we do not know who wrote it or compiled it, neither do we know when it was composed. We are not sure what trouble was actually being addressed, be it national, domestic, or personal.
Therefore, this psalm is an open invitation for us to bring our troubles along and fit them into this psalm. No matter what they are, we can fit them in if we will. The stanza lies open ready to receive them: “Oh grant us help against the foe.”
“Vain is the salvation of man” or as the KJV puts it … “Vain is the help of man.” Have we come to that point in life yet? Have we come up against something we cannot handle, and nobody else can feel either? Friends may sympathize and pray, they may lend support and understanding, they may offer counsel and love, but, when all is said and done, the problem remains.
“With God we shall do valiantly,” for we shall tread down our enemies.” We. He. Both of us, working together. Not just me, not only He but both of us. God promises to join us in a holy partnership and bring us through to complete victory. Hopeless extremity is His opportunity.
God’s help shall inspire us to help ourselves. Faith is neither a coward nor a sluggard: she knows that God is with her, and therefore she does valiantly; she knows that he will tread down her enemies, and consequently she arises to tread them down in his name. Where praise and prayer have preceded the battle, we may expect to see heroic deeds and decisive victories.