Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. Psalm 68:4
The Book of Psalms is all about praise. A psalm is a sacred hymn or song. We have much to praise God about.
- Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 17:8)
- Our sins have been atoned for (1 John 2:2)
- We have a counselor who knows our every need (John 14:16)
- God delights in us (Psalm 18:19)
- We are relatively free and are able to worship freely.
- We have shelter and food and clean water to drink.
- We have the Bible written in our language (with umpteen similar translations)
- We have an advocate with the Father in Heaven (John 15:26)
So you see, these are just a few things we can praise God about. Each day. Every day.
The sad part is that we could easily be replaced by a pile of rocks if we’re not careful.
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3
If you’re like me, you probably know some Believers who really don’t know how to smile. They complain, whine, bellyache, and just make life more miserable than their circumstances deserve. They read a verse like this and scratch their heads because it’s a foreign language.
I’m not sure how we got that way or if these kinds of situations will ever change but we certainly can.
You see, we’re a blessed people. From ease of living to freedoms to jobs to shelter and food, we live in abundance. We are also very free to be glad and rejoice before God. We often forget the kinds of living conditions many in the world are faced with.
Help us, Lord to appreciate the liberties we enjoy and not to forget to praise you for them.
May you blow them away like smoke—as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. Psalm 68:2
The Psalmist’s prayer will one day come true, but until then we live with enemies and the immediate consequences of their actions. In our flesh it feels good to want to repay the wicked for their wickedness. In some cases, justice on earth is served. Often, though, the guilty get a free pass. Fortunately, God doesn’t give out free passes to the guilty. Many people live as if there are little to no consequences to their actions; they are dreadfully wrong.
I speak often of that “one day.” Well, there will be a “one day” and the enemies of the Lord who have mocked Him and abused His children will pay a great price for their evil. I don’t know when or how or how much, but perfect justice will be served.
Take heart, my friends. The wickedness you see all around you and in the news will one day be dealt with. Man makes a feeble attempt at administering justice on earth. With loopholes, technicalities, and corrupt individuals, it’s difficult to see how any justice is served. As I stated in a different way earlier, thanks be to God, there are no loopholes, technicalities or corruption with God Almighty.
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. Psalm 68:1
This is a prayer that will be fulfilled once and for all eventually, but today the enemies of the Lord and of His people are numerous and persistent. They’re not going away while we’re still on earth, and they won’t give up when we happen to have our spiritual highs and peaks. In fact, that’s when they are likely to attack with greater ferocity because we’re more vulnerable.
Likewise, it is certainly a prayer we can pray towards the nation of Israel in these perilous times. For 67 years Israel has been formally attacked about 15 times without permanent damage. Israel’s enemies literally surround Israel but they cannot defeat the tiny nation. Clearly its enemies have been scattered, loving to hate Israel but being powerless to do anything more.
Would you pray for the “peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6)
May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him. Psalm 67:7
It’s interesting that the writer of this Psalm would equate us being blessed with the world fearing Him for doing it.
As you look at current events around the world and Christians who hope to bless the world, there’s still a lot of violence and persecution against those who claim His name. It’s no accident that Christians are being singled out. Satan hates the deeds of Believers and will do what he can to stop it. He thinks that maiming and destroying Believers will squelch the work of God around the world. In clear irony, the Church grows. That in itself is a testament to the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of Believers.
Now there is great sadness for families and friends of those who do sacrifice their lives, but in the end the Church blossoms. Many lives have been transformed when they saw the resilience of the church in the face of persecution.
The ends of the earth really do fear Him.