Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him. 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. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
O God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness, the earth shook; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary. Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor. The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those who proclaimed it: “Kings of armies flee, they flee, and she who remains at home divides the spoil. Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like 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 Zalmon. A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan. Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; yes, the Lord will dwell in it forever.
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place. You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell there. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!
Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death. But God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses. The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, that your foot may crush them in blood, and the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.” They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the maidens playing timbrels. Bless God in the congregations, the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. There is little Benjamin, their leader, the princes of Judah and their company, the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us. Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring presents to You. Rebuke the beasts of the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the peoples who delight in war. Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God. Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; oh, sing praises to the Lord, to Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice. Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds. O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God! (Psalm 68; To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.)
Our God Is The God Of Our Salvation
There is nothing to compare when it comes to the glory and the power of the Lord God. Everything in this world is a wonder to behold and the universe will remain a dark mystery as man tries to glimpse the edges of the vast emptiness of space. David knew the incredible feeling of how majestic God was as words failed to encompass the vastness of the power of the Creator. No one was greater than God was. Everything melts in the presence of the Lord. This power is not to be feared by the righteous because it is their salvation. God rides the clouds, protects the fatherless, shakes the earth when He marches through the wilderness, fills the heavens with the abundance of rain, provides goodness for the poor, defends the defenseless with His thousands of thousand chariots and rides on the heaven of heavens. Who can stand before Him?
The enemies of the Lord flee at His presence like wax melting before a fire. Rebellious hearts dwell in a parched land because there are no blessings there. Kings of armies will flee before the might of the Lord God wounded by His great power. The fierceness of God’s wrath will be a terror to those who rebel against Him but it will be a comfort to the righteous that trust in Him. David extols the people to sing songs of praise to such a wonderful and powerful God. Righteousness will bring the blessings of the Lord God upon all those who submit to Him ascribing strength to the only true Lord. Every blessing comes from the hand of the Lord and He is the God of all salvation. He is more awesome than anything man can imagine.
David’s declaration of the mighty power of God was written in the long ago but the message of his psalm still resonates today. This ancient literature is a timeless reminder that God still rides on the clouds and His unnumbered chariots continue to serve His purpose of protecting the people of God. His excellence is over the disciples of Christ who serve Him daily in faith believing that all blessings come from Him. God’s power is just as mighty today as it was when David penned his psalm. Christian’s hold dearly to the knowledge of how wonderful the mighty power of God is in the lives of all those who serve Him. He shakes the foundation of the world when He marches through the course of history showing His power and His might over rebellious men. The truth of God will march through every generation unscathed by the feeble attempts of man to change His word. He sends out His voice and it is a mighty voice heard by all that fear Him.
The knowledge of God’s glory is a powerful reminder of how great He is and how small we are. Yet, He loves us so much and protects us. His provisions come daily bringing joy to the heart to those that trust Him. He is the God of our salvation. This will never change because He is unchanging. The dark clouds of fear may loom over the horizon in troubled times but the mountain of the Lord will always rise above shining brightly the awesome glory of God the Lord. Trust in Him. Love Him. Serve Him. Let God arise in your heart and your fears will be scattered and driven away.