Above All Power…
Sovereign Lord, reclaim, re-enliven, and renew me. My heart is open to Your transforming work.
Read Psalm 68:1-35
 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.
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“The climax of God’s happiness is the delight he takes in the echoes of his excellence in the praises of his people” (John Piper).
This psalm cries out to be sung! Derek Kidner describes it as “one of the most boisterous and exhilarating in the Psalter.” It rejoices in God’s victory over all his enemies, probably to celebrate the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem (24-27; cf. 2 Sam. 6). No one can resist the Lord’s superior strength; see the picture language in verses 1 and 2: opponents are blown away and melted!
Often in the Psalms, we see a contrast between those who try to oppose the Lord and those who follow him. One message from this psalm is that for those who oppose him there is nothing good to look forward to, whereas friends of God can be confident of a secure future. David lists the many reasons why God’s people can be joyful and worship him. He defends the vulnerable and lonely, as well as those who feel trapped and oppressed (5,6; cf. Luke 4:16-19; Isa. 61:1,2). He goes ahead of his people, and nothing can stand in his way (7-18). He bears our burdens every day (19); he rescues from danger, even death (20); he delights in his people, all of them (24-27). He is awesome and majestic. So, believers, rejoice in his power and majesty! He is over all creation (28-30). He will use his awesome strength on behalf of his people (35).
So be excited, people of God! His power and majesty are all-encompassing. Let us see afresh God’s mighty power, and how he uses his strength to defeat his enemies and provide for his people’s many needs. We see this supremely at the cross of Jesus: though he was crucified in weakness (2 Cor. 13:4), he was displaying the power and wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:18-25).
In what ways do you need to see afresh the Lord’s powerful majesty? Do you perceive his delight in you and the security he gives you?
Almighty God, I am overflowing with joy right now. Reading of Your promises to me and Your people fills me with praise and thanksgiving. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
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