Psalm 68 0 To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David. 1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them that 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. 3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides on the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. Extol’ means to praise with great enthusiasm and admiration. ‘Jah’ means the existing One, absolute existence rather than continual existence. God’s name Jehovah means intense, eternal self-existence. God exists unsustained by anything or anyone. He sustains everything else. Men ride horses, camels, and elephants; God rides the heavens. God is a father to the fatherless and defends widows 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 6 God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those that are bound with chains: but the rebellious live in a dry land. 7 O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness; Rest: 8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, by which you confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary. Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He has prepared His goodness for the poor 10 Your congregation has dwelt in it: You, O God, have prepared of your goodness for the poor.11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. 12 Kings of armies they flee, they flee: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil. 13 Though you have lien among the pots, yet you shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. ‘Among the pots,’ is broken pottery: ‘wings’ soar: ‘dove’ peace: ‘silver’ is redemption. Though they have been broken, they will be blessed with redemption, soaring in God’s peace and love. God’s word is an unsearchable blessing to us. Our hearts and the world would be in total darkness without it. Psalm 119:130 The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon. 15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; a high hill as the hill of Bashan. 16 Why do you leap, you high hills? This is the hill that God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. 2Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I ask you, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. This Psalm was written before God sent Jesus. Like many other scriptures, it speaks of the time when God would send His Son to rescue man on earth from his miserable condition. Jesus lived on earth in human flesh for 33 years. Then, without a spacecraft, lifted off planet earth, rose through the universe to the very throne of God and sat down there beside the heavenly Father. God had a legal complaint against all of us in the court of heaven for our many crimes against His holiness. Paid in full was stamped across the list and we are no longer under indictment in the court of heaven when we believe in Jesus’ death in our place.’ The Holy Spirit was sent to earth after Jesus was seated beside the Father on His throne. He sent His Holy Spirit back to us with many gifts. He daily loads us with benefits 19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Rest. 20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death. 21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy of the one that walks on in his guilt. In this verse God explains that His enemies are those who still go on in their trespasses. They won’t turn and listen to obey Him. He gathers His people 22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: 23 That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies, and the tongue of your dogs in the same. 24 They have seen your procession, O God; even the processions of my God, my King, in the sanctuary. Our king is the eternal King of Kings. Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with tambourines. 26 Bless God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. 27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali. 28 Your God has commanded your strength: strengthen, O God, what you have worked for us. Isaiah 26:12 LORD, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have worked all our works in us. 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bring presents to you. 30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, until every one submits himself with pieces of silver: scatter the people that delight in war. 31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God. 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises to the Lord; Rest: 33 To him that rides on the heavens of heavens, which were of old; behold, he sends out his voice, and that a mighty voice. 34 Ascribe strength to God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds. 35 O God, you are awesome out of your holy places: the God of Israel is he that gives strength and power to his people. Blessed be God. God’s voice is so mighty that He spoke creation into being. Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 9 For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.