Psalm 68

Psalm 68 celebrates God’s victory over Israel’s enemies and His care for His people.

God arises.

God takes notice of His people and is called to action on their behalf. When God acts, His enemies scatter.

God arises. His enemies scatter,
and those who hate him flee from his presence. (v. 1 CSB)

God is.

As the psalmist, David, recalls God’s victories, he also describes God’s character.

  • God is worthy of praise.

Sing to God! Sing praises to his name.
Exalt him who rides on the clouds—
his name is the Lord—and celebrate before him. (v. 4 CSB)

  • God is a father to the fatherless.
  • God is a champion and protector of widows.

God in his holy dwelling is
a father of the fatherless
and a champion of widows. (v. 5 CSB)

  • God is a God who provides homes for the deserted and lonely.
  • God is a God who leads prisoners to prosperity.

God provides homes for those who are deserted.
He leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a scorched land. (v. 6 CSB)

  • God is a God who provides for the poor.

Your people settled in it;
God, you provided for the poor by your goodness. (v. 10 CSB)

  • God is a God who bears our burdens daily.

Blessed be the Lord!
Day after day he bears our burdens;
God is our salvation. (v. 19 CSB)

  • God is a God of salvation.

Our God is a God of salvation,
and escape from death belongs to the Lord my Lord. (v. 20 CSB)

  • God is a God who acts on our behalf.

Show your strength, God,
you who have acted on our behalf. (v. 28 CSB)

God gives.

God gives strength to His people.

God, you are awe-inspiring in your sanctuaries.
The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God! (v. 35 CSB)

David, the psalmist, witnessed God defeating Israel’s enemies in battle. He had also seen God act to protect His people from the very real consequences of war – loss of fathers and husbands, captivity, threats of death.

Wars continue on this broken planet. While we may not experience a physical war, we are in a spiritual war each day with a very real enemy whose intentions are to steal, kill, and destroy.

Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8 CSB

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 ESV

What consequences of war, physical or spiritual, have you experienced?

Have you lost a protector – a father or husband?
God is the father to the fatherless and the protector of widows.

And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6 CSB

Has your family deserted you?
God places the lonely and deserted in families. He has given you a family of faith to rely on.

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 CSB

Have you been imprisoned by the traps and schemes of the enemy?
God will lead you out and set you free.

No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 CSB

Have you lost your possessions?
God will provide for your needs.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33 CSB

Are you weighed down by the worries of life?
God will bear your burdens day after day.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 CSB

Are you weak from battle?
God will give you strength.

I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16 CSB

Remember…

God arises to act on behalf of His people and give them victory over the enemy.

God is your protector, provider, and your salvation. He will bear your burdens every day.

God gives strength to His people.

Blessed be the Lord!

Father, thank You for bearing my burdens every day. Life is hard. You are my salvation. You are my provider and protector. For those I know who have lost fathers, husbands, family members, homes or possessions, please act on their behalf. You give strength to Your people. We need Your strength today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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