A BLAST FROM THE PAST

David’s songs are still living on in our time.  Psalm 68 is long enough and right enough to stand on its own.  The Old Testament is hard for many readers because it involves so much violence and conflict.  God seems so uncompromising and dangerous.  If we hide in the New Testament we see the fulfillment of the Law in Yeshua, a Jew with a different view of the path to life.  Yet David has already testified of his relationship with this mystery king of kings.

The mercy of salvation will come but David still vents his anger about violent enemies.  In the New Testament we learn that our real enemies are the spirits behind the actions of evil men.  We are to target the spiritual enemies, not the carnal men.  But there remains a promise that God will eliminate the weeds from his garden in his time.  It is only fair to warn men that they are not supposed to follow demonic spirits to a punishment that was only intended for the fallen angelic enemies of God.

Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.  As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.  But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.  A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.  Psalm 68:1-5

David is expecting a major blast from God against his enemies.  I think David knew that the spiritual realm was the source of opposition, but we don’t feel too bad if their human representatives are set back a bit too.  David again magnifies the person and power of Jah our God who represents the weak and fatherless.

God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.  O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:  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.  Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.  Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.  Psalm 68:6-10

David’s god cares for the hopeless and removes hope from the arrogant and violent.  David remembers the testimony of Israel through history.  That testimony still stands for 6 million Jews surrounded by more than 90 million enemies.  It will still stand if the entire world decides to become enemies of God.

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.  Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.  Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.  When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.  The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.  Psalm 68:11-15

God gave the word, and he even became the word to live among us.  He lived a true life and many have published the testimony of it.  David is only one of the many writers who have published, and more still give their evidence to the world today.  I believe that all who are in the book of life are also published as the word of God.  Your testimony too is accepted in heavenly places.  You who were in the ashes will be found on wings in the pure places of Mount Zion.

Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.  The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.  He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death  Psalm 68:16-20

If there is a disturbance on earth, a shaking of nature, look for the God who wants to live here among us.  The Army of the Lord is gathering to him on the hills for a season on earth; the millennial reign.  It even sounds like he will be available to the rebellious in that season.  Salvation is available to whosoever will…just be willing.

He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.  But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:  That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.  They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.  The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.  Psalm 68:20-25

God is of help and hope, not destruction.  The matters of the afterlife belong to him, but even in this life his enemies will have setbacks.  One who does not repent of sin will be wounded if he makes war on the people of God.  Blood is a price the people of God will witness as they are lifted out of the sinking ship of this world.  This Kingdom of God has seen the evidence of God and the celebration is underway now.

Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.  There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.  Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.  Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.  Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.  Psalm 68:26-30

The congregations of God are worldwide now and are all called to honor and exalt the name of the Lord.  The tribes of Israel are empowered by God now not by the weapons or warriors.  Submissive sacrifice of offerings signifies a new rank over the old promotion of carnal warfare.  In this New Testament they who live by the sword shall perish by it.

Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.  Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:  To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.  Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.  O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.  Psalm 68:31-35

We who have been touched by God know the truth and are called to proclaim the goodness of God.  His sheep know their master’s voice know it comes from the scriptures that are the word of God, Emanuel, God with us.  Testify of the strength of that voice and its author.  You oh Lord are the power that enables the people to be righteousness out of our nature of sin.

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