Psalms

Let God Arise!

Psalm 68

1  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.

Here we start out with another song. “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered.” Watch the video below to enjoy this wonderful song if you haven’t heard it before. When God rises in our life the enemy can’t stand. You ask how does God arise in our lives? Well that’s simple – spend more time with Him. He wants to rise up in your life. Only you can hold Him back from doing that. As you draw closer to God the love that He puts in you will flow out everyday. You will notice that the enemy can no longer control you through your emotions. The peace and joy of the Lord will also rise up as God rises in you. I could spend hours talking about God arising in your life but I think you get the idea. We need to make Him more and more a part of our day.

Notice that David says as smoke is driven away so drive them away,  God. How easily is smoke driven away? Even the slightest bit of wind can blow smoke away. It doesn’t take a whole lot. How about wax before the fire? Doesn’t it melt right away? Of course it does, and that’s what will happen if we allow God to rise in our lives. The enemy will flee like smoke goes away and like wax melts before the fire. Let’s all shout “RISE UP, RISE UP within me.

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.

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.

10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.

He’s a father to the fatherless and a judge of the widows. These are two classes of people that God tells us to take care of (James 1:27). The fatherless and the widow and dear to God’s heart. He is always looking out for them because they are without somebody to take care of them. They have lost their provider and He wants to become that provider. He wants to take care of them and He tells us to take care of them.

He brings out those who are bound with chains.  We were bound with the chains of sin and He brought us out. He released us from those chains so that we are free. David talks about the time that Israel was in the wilderness.  The earth shook and the heavens also dropped. God sent a plentiful rain and that confirmed His inheritance. To be honest I never read about any rain during their trip through Sinai.  But I do remember the manna raining down from heaven every day, except Sunday, for 40 years. If that’s not plentiful I don’t know what is !   If that doesn’t confirm his inheritance I don’t know what would. It amazes me when I read that account that the nation of Israel could still doubt that God would take care of them, but they did. They needed to have God arise in their hearts just like we do

11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

12 Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

13 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.

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; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.

16 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.

17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

18 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.

Aren’t you glad that God gave his word?  What would we do today without the word of God. Do you ever think about the fact that the people in the bible did not have the word?  The priests kept the law in the Tabernacle so not everybody had a copy of it.  And it was just the first five books of the Bible basically. In the New Testament it was the same way. The Bible didn’t get published for human consumption until Gutenberg invented the printing press. Then the Catholic Church win against anybody that would translate the Bible out of Italian and into English. I’ve seen some videos about what the Catholic Church did to people who translated the Bible back in the 1500’s. It’s not pretty. I’m so glad it got done though.  He says great was the company of those that published it. That’s the truth!  It took a lot of people to get our modern Bible today and we should be grateful they allowed God to arise in their lives.  They paid a dear price, many of them with their lives, in torturous conditions

David talks about some of the sacred places in Israel and I’m not going to go into detail on those except to say that over and over again we see that God dwells here and God dwells there. I want to know if God dwells with you. Is he in your daily life?  Is he a part of your daily routine?  Do you talk to him everyday? Do you read his word every day?  These are things that will allow God to arise within us and they must be a part of our lives.

Verse 18 says that God ascended up on high and He led captivity captive.  Paul repeats these words when talking about Jesus (Eph 4:8).  The captive he was talking about in Ephesians are those that had been held in purgatory until the coming of Jesus Christ. Now they are forever His and He dwells among them.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.

21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.

24 They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.

25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

26 Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

I love verse 19 –  blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits. He daily loads us with benefits. Do you thank Him for his benefits every day?  Everyday He gives you more.  He is the God of our salvation and the issues of death are His.  He’s going to take care of the enemy. And when we fall and stumble He will pick us up and help us along the way.  He will give us victory over our enemies, so much so that He can dip our foot in the blood of them.  Praise the Lord – there’s Victory in Jesus

David says the enemy has seen God going in and going out. They know that he’s with us. They have seen His singers going before and the instruments following after. They have seen the damsels playing with timbrels making a Joyful Noise to the Lord. When we praise the Lord the enemy sees that and it makes him tremble. He knows that praising the Lord lift’s Him up. And Jesus said if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. We must let God arise with our voices and out words.  If he’s going to bless us every day why shouldn’t we praise him everyday.  It just makes sense

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 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.

29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

30 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.

31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

Again David talks about a few of the tribes of Israel and then He says God commands our strength. He knows how much strength we have and He knows when His strength is needed. And He will always always give us His strength when we allow him to.  God is a gentleman.  He will not force His strength on us. But when we run out of strength and we call on Him, He’ll be there in a flash

32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:

33 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.

34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

35 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.

Again David says sing God’s praises. Sing God’s praises. Sing God’s praises. He rides in the heavens.  He sends out his voice – His mighty voice. Do you hear Him?  Do you hear Him calling out to you?  Do you hear Him asking you to praise Him?

We need to ascribe strength unto God.   We need to understand that it’s His strength that is helping us get through this world right now. You can try to rely on your own strength but I guarantee you if you do you’ll fall. And if you don’t fall then pride will rise up in your life because you’ve done it on your own. Allow God to be your strength – ascribe it to Him.

Again it’s the God of Israel that gives strength and power unto His people. We need to make sure that we’re taking those things from God that He wants to give us.  He wants to bless us with those things. He wants to bless us with the strength to go through all trials. He wants to bless us with the power to reach out and touch the sick so they will be healed, to pray for the ones that need financial help and they’ll receive it. This is the power that He wants us to have. Bless the name of the Lord

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