Let God Arise (Psalm 68)

This psalm is credited to David.  He opens the psalm with a well-known lyric,

1 Let God arise,

Let His enemies be scattered;

Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.

2 As smoke is driven away,

So drive them away;

As wax melts before the fire,

So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

He declares God’s victory, while calling the righteous to rejoice in the next verses.  He names God as a Father to the fatherless, defender of widows, deliverer of the bound, leader of the army of Israel.  He then speaks of God’s effect on nature:

8 The earth shook;

The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;

Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

He credits God with plentiful rain on earth, provision for the poor, leadership in war, victory in battle, collection of the spoils of war, and plenty of silver and gold.  He goes on to describe Basham as the mountain and peaks in which God desires to dwell.  He numbers the many chariots of God, and tells of the Lord’s presence in Sinai.  He tells of all of the Lord’s benefits to man.  God walks into his House in a mighty procession, with singers before Him, instruments, timbrels, and all the tribes of Israel worship Him.  Even the animals respond to the presence of God, and the nations will come to see His glory.  He sums up the psalm with the following:

33 To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!

Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.

34 Ascribe strength to God;

His excellence is over Israel,

And His strength is in the clouds.

35 O God, You are more awesome thanYour holy places.

The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.

Blessed be God!

In good times and in bad times, in plenty and in want, it is important to regularly stop and remember the goodness and the power of our God.  It is easy to be overwhelmed by life, and it is easy to be so secure that you forget the bad times.  But it is never good to forget the greatness of God.  Whether life is good or bad, God is in control.  Whether you are rich or poor, God is God.  In the end, He is the only true constant.  He is the solid Rock on which we stand.  Remember the Lord, for His voice shakes the earth!

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