Psalm 68

Psalm 68

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

68   God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
    and those who hate him shall flee before him!
  As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
    as wax melts before fire,
    so the wicked shall perish before God!
  But the righteous shall be glad;
    they shall exult before God;
    they shall be jubilant with joy!
  Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
    lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
  his name is the LORD;
    exult before him!
  Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.
  God settles the solitary in a home;
    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
  O God, when you went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
  the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
  Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
    you restored your inheritance as it languished;
  your flock found a dwelling in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
  The Lord gives the word;
    the women who announce the news are a great host:
    “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
  The women at home divide the spoil—
    though you men lie among the sheepfolds—
  the wings of a dove covered with silver,
    its pinions with shimmering gold.
  When the Almighty scatters kings there,
    let snow fall on Zalmon.
  O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
    O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!
  Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
    at the mount that God desired for his abode,
    yes, where the LORD will dwell forever?
  The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
    thousands upon thousands;
    the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
  You ascended on high,
    leading a host of captives in your train
    and receiving gifts among men,
  even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.
  Blessed be the Lord,
    who daily bears us up;
    God is our salvation. Selah
  Our God is a God of salvation,
    and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
  But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
    the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
  The Lord said,
    “I will bring them back from Bashan,
  I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
  that you may strike your feet in their blood,
    that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”
  Your procession is seen, O God,
    the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
  the singers in front, the musicians last,
    between them virgins playing tambourines:
  “Bless God in the great congregation,
    the LORD, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
  There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
    the princes of Judah in their throng,
    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
  Summon your power, O God,
    the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
  Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings shall bear gifts to you.
  Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
    the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
  Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
    scatter the peoples who delight in war.
  Nobles shall come from Egypt;
    Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
  O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
    sing praises to the Lord, Selah
  to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
    behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
  Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    and whose power is in the skies.
  Awesome is God from his sanctuary;
    the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
  Blessed be God!


Psalm 68 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

There is something to be said about the joy of the Lord being our daily strength. Our God is an untamed, impassioned husband whose love is fierce, boundless with delight over his bride. Our God is a father to the fatherless, relentless in His pursuit to embrace those discarded by this cruel and unforgiving world. He is eager to see us embrace Him with trust and hope knowing that He is diligent in making all things new.

These thoughts should lead us to worship and thankfulness.

But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.  4  Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.

Psalms 68:3-4 NASB

Thank you for this day. Thank you for health. Thank you for your provision and the ability to buy and eat food. Thank you for a warm house and reliable transportation. Thank you for family. Thank you for your grace, mercy, and patience when we are stubborn and fail. Thank you for always being in control of all circumstances and for confirming this in our hearts and minds with Your great power. Thank you for not allowing us to stay the same but challenging us every day.

Thank you for conforming me to be more like your Son. Thank you for delivering us from temptation. Thank you for supplying our needs. Thank you for Your protection. Thank you for our church body. Thank you for answered prayer. Thank you for stirring our hearts for more of your wisdom and knowledge. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your immense sacrifice at the cross. Thank you for grace.

Let the righteous be glad! Let them exult before God! Take a moment from your circumstances right now to rejoice in the Lord. What are you thankful for today?

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