Spurgeon wrote of Psalm 60 in his Treasury of David:
So far gone was Israel that only God’s interposition could preserve it from utter destruction. How often have we seen churches in this condition, and how suitable is the prayer before us, in which the extremity of the need is used as an argument for help…. For the truth’s sake, and because the true God is on our side, let us in these modern days of warfare emulate the warriors of Israel and unfurl our banner to the breeze with confident joy.
In the summer of 1955 in Oxford England, the minister of St John’s Church, Sidney Norton, was convinced that the words of Psalm 60 spoke directly to the conditions in the churches of Great Britain. He and his ministerial assistant, Iain Murray, were stirred to prayer in the spirit of Spurgeon’s comments, convinced that their generation needed not just a reviving, but a restoring of the truth.
They lived close to, and were stirred by, the places where Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer gave their lives for the truths of the gospel in the Reformation, where Owen and Goodwin had preached, and where George Whitefield was prepared for the eighteenth century revival. But they realised that in the mid 1950’s the memory of these men of God from times past was largely forgotten and locked away in little-known and unobtainable books. The great truths of God and the great works of God in times past were largely forgotten.