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To give gifts to men. Psalm 68:18 . . . 1 Cor.12:4, 31; Eph.4:7-16
Ascension into Heaven. Psalm 68:18 . . . Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11
Psalm 68:18 . . . Eph.4:8-10; Heb.4:1-4; 6:20; 8:1; 1 Pet.3:22
It is not known on what occasion the song was composed. It is clearly, like Psalm 18, a victory song intended to celebrate victories which had been achieved. Whether it was written to celebrate a precise victory, or in all that had been done in subduing the enemies of the people of GOD, it is not known. But, there are some things, which can be determined from the Psalm itself.
(1). It was not composed before the time of David, because before his time Jerusalem or Zion was not the seat of the royal authority, nor the place of divine worship, which it is clearly supposed to be in the Psalm (69:29).
(2). It was composed when the Jews were one nation, or before the separation of the ten tribes and the formation of the kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam . . . because Benjamin, Judah, Zebulon and Naphtall are especially mentioned as taking part in the solemnities referred to in the Psalm (68:27).
(3). So it was before the Babylonian captivity.
(4). It was written on an occasion of bringing up the ark, and putting it in the place which had been prepared for it (68:16, 24-25). These verses can be best explained on the belief that the Psalm was written on that occasion, for it really cannot be well explained on any other guess.
(5). It was written in view of past victories secured in former times; of what GOD had then done for His people, and especially of what He had done when the ark of the covenant had been placed at the head of the armies of Israel (68:14). Also see: (68:7-8, 12, 17-18).
(6). It was in expecting future victories; the triumphs of the true religion; feeling and believing that Jerusalem would be the center from which the Word of GOD would go out over the world; and that through the influences which would go out from Jerusalem the world would be serious to GOD (68:20-23, 29-31). Compare (Isa.2:3).
So it seems that this Psalm was composed, when the ark was brought up from the house of Obed-edom, and placed in the city of David, in the tent or tabernacle which he had erected for it there (2 Sam.6:12; 1 Chron.15). It is not unlikely that other Psalms, also, were composed for this occasion, as it was one of great somberness.
The contents of Psalm 68 agrees entirely with this supposition. They are as follows:
(1). A prayer that GOD would arise and scatter all His enemies 68:1-2).
(2). A call on the people to praise GOD, with for His greatness, and His Fatherly character (68:3-6).
(3). A mention to what He had done in former times for His people in guiding them from bondage to the Promised Land (68:7-14).
(4). A specific reference to the ark (68:15-18). After it had been lying neglected, GOD had gone forth with it, and Zion had become well-known above the hills; the chariots of GOD had been poured forth; victory had attended its movements; and GOD had gone up leading captivity captive.
(5). The looking forward to future victories, the confident expectation of future intervention, as derived from the history of the past (68:19-23).
(6). A description of the procession on the removing of the ark (68:24-27).
(7). The looking forward to future triumphs expressed in another form, not that of defeat by mere power, but of a voluntary submission of kings and nations to GOD (68:28-31). Kings would come with presents (68:29); the nations of Egypt and Ethiopia would stretch out their hands to GOD (68:31).
(8). A call on all the nations, in view of these things, to ascribe praise to GOD (68:32-35).
Psalm 68: The Great Redemption Accomplished
(1). The introduction (68:1-3).
(2). The proclamation of His Name and of His acts (68:4-6).
(3). A historic review (68:7-12).
(4). Israel’s place of blessing and the Redeemer (68:13-19).
(5). His victory over the enemies (68:20-23).
(6). The great procession (68:24-29).
(7). The conversion of the nations and the kingdom (68:3035).
Psalm 68 is a tremendous Psalm. The Name of GOD is found in many ways and many times. The opening verses mention some great facts of the accomplished redemption:
(A) GOD arises; the enemies are scattered, the righteous rejoice (Num.10:35). Praise then begins (68:4). The One who comes as the glorious King is He Who has passed through death victoriously and He is the only One who has the power to lead us from death to life (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). CHRIST delivers His people who faithfully wait for Him, while the rebellious dwell in a parched land. The display of the GOD of Israel at Sinai (68:7), is the type of what His future appearance shall be (68:14). When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.
(B). The mount of GOD is where His glory will be seen, and where He shall dwell forever. Psalm 68:18 is quoted in: Eph. 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (KJV) . . . CHRIST JESUS, the Redeemer of Israel, had descended first into the lower parts of the Earth, even into the depths of death and the grave.
(C). He ascended into glory. But notice, Psalm 68:18 says that this Ascended One received gifts for men, but in Ephesians we read that He communicates that which He has received as the risen and glorified One. The Holy Spirit adds to it in Ephesians. But He also omits something. He leaves out even for the rebellious. This refers to rebellious Israel and has no place in the Letter Paul wrote to the church alone.
(D). His victory over enemies and the lawless leader, the Antichrist (68:20-23). In the wonderful procession, CHRIST the Triumphant Leader, the Head of the Kingdom . . . and this world and all the nations shall bow before Him. There shall one day be a Temple in Jerusalem once again. Because the Bible mentions some end-times events will occur in a Temple in Jerusalem (Dan.9:27; Mat.24:15; 2 Thes.2:3-4). The apostle Paul tells us that the Antichrist will oppose GOD and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped (Isa.14:13-14), so that he sets himself up in GOD'S Temple, proclaiming himself to be God. This man of sin (2 Thes.2:3), this wicked one (2 Thes.2:8-9) will have great power recieved from Satan. He will indeed do lying wonders and pretended miracles, by imitating the power of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT. He will imitate Elijah by bringing down fire from Heaven (Rev.13:13). He will construct an image of Antichrist, which will be placed in the Temple at Jerusalem, not yet built, (Rev.13:14-15). I believe this is the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel and JESUS (Dan.9:24-27; 12:11; Mat.24:15).
The Prophet Ezekiel describes a Temple that as of yet doe not exist (Eze.chapters 40-48). Before the latter days prophecies can occur, a Temple must be present for these events to occur in. http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_ezekiel_ch40.html
Dear one, if and/or when we see the Temple being constructed in Israel, we can be certain the end times are here. The Antichrist will be reigning, the saints in the Gospel church will have been raptured (1 Thes.4:13-18), and the first half of the tribulation will have passed. But there will still be time for people to come to CHRIST for salvation.
What is going to happen in the end times?
Theme: Song of deliverance that ushers in the Kingdom.
A Prayer: The Greatness and Goodness of GOD (68:1-6)
No one ever hardened his heart against GOD, and prospered. GOD is the joy of His people, so they should rejoice when they come before Him. CHRIST JESUS, who derives His being from none, but gives being to all, is engaged by Promise and Covenant to bless His people. He is to be praised as a GOD of mercy and tender compassion. He always cares for the afflicted and oppressed, repenting sinners, those who are helpless and exposed more than any fatherless children, and are admitted into His family, and share all their blessings.
Psalm 68:1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. (KJV)
Let God arise . . . which is either by way of prayer, or by way of prophecy; and in either way the sense is the same: for, if it is considered as a prayer, it is a prayer of faith that so it would be; or, if as a prophecy, it is certain that it should be so. This is to be understood of the same divine Person, whose chariots the angels are; who is said to be the ADONAI, or LORD in the midst of them; and of Whom it is prophesied that He would ascend to Heaven (68:18); meaning the MESSIAH, Who is Almighty GOD over all. This arising attributed to Him, may be interpreted either of His incarnation (Jn.1:14), His display and manifestation in the flesh; which is sometimes called in Scripture a raising up of Him (Acts 3:26); or of His resurrection from the dead, as it is interpreted by many. All this was proof of His being GOD; for even though it was the Man JESUS that died and was buried and rose, yet it was as in total union with the divine Person of the SON of GOD (Jn.1:1-2). JESUS the Man, was/is GOD! Believe it!
Some understand CHRIST’S arising and exerting His power as a Man of war, as a mighty and victorious hero, on the behalf of His people, and against His enemies; as He did when He arose and met Satan, the prince of the world (Jn.4:30; 16:11), and engaged with all the powers of darkness (Ps.45:3-6); and this seems to be confirmed by what follows.
Let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him . . . the meaning of these two phrases are the same . . . His enemies and those that hate Him, are the same people, and to be scattered and flee mean the same thing; for His enemies, being ill at ease, flee and scatter. Some interpret this of the watch set to guard our LORD'S sepulcher (Mat.27:66) who, when He rose from the dead, were filled with great fear and dread, scattered and fled to the priests, to tell them what was done. The Jewish nation in general, who were enemies of CHRIST and hated Him, and would not have him to reign over them (Lk.19:27); against whom He rose up and exerted His great strength; came in His Kingdom and power against them; poured out His wrath upon them to the uttermost; which ended in the utter destruction of them. Another way to look at this is it should be applied to Satan, and to his principalities and powers; the professed enemies of CHRIST, personal and spiritual; who, when CHRIST rose and exerted His mighty power in His conflict with them, in the garden and on the cross, were spoiled and dispersed (Col.2:15), and forced to flee before Him . . . and who at the same time overcame the world, made an end of sin, abolished death, as well as destroyed him which had the power of it (Num.10:35).
Psalm 68:2 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. (KJV)
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away . . . smoke describes the character of wicked men, CHRIST'S enemies; describes their darkness and ignorance, their superstition and their hatred of GOD (Rev.9:2); and the manner of their destruction; which is as easily brought about as smoke is driven by the wind, like smoke that vanishes into air (Ps.37:20). Smoke is easily disturbed and moved by the slightest movement of air, and represents instability, having no power to resist, and so represent the definite weakness of the mightiest armies of men who are opposed to GOD.
As wax melteth before fire . . . the reliability, form and strength of what was is totally lost in fire (Ps.22:14). The meaning here is clear . . . just as wax is melted by fire, so too shall the mightiest armies melt away before GOD (Rev.19:11-21).
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God . . . the appearance of CHRIST, either in His awful anger against the Jews, or in the last judgment; when the wicked shall not be able to stand before Him. Their fear of GOD shall be so great, they shall call to the rocks and mountains to hide them from Him! Revelation 6:16-17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (KJV) . . . It will be as easy for GOD to destroy wicked men as it is for fire to melt wax. Are you GOD’S enemy?
Who shall be able to stand before the wrath of GOD: (Ps.76:7; 130:3-4; Joel 2:11, 31; Zep.1:14-18; Mal.3:2; Rom.2:5; Jude 1:6; Rev.6:12-17; 11:18; 16:14; 20:11-15). NO ONE!
Psalm 68:3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. (KJV)
But let the righteous be glad . . . be glad at the incarnation of CHRIST, which is matter of joy to all people who believe in Him; as did Zacharias and Elisabeth (Lk.1:5, 13, 40), who were both righteous, and also Simeon (Lk.2:25, 34; 3:30); and at His resurrection from the dead, since it is for their justification, by which they are declared righteous (Rom.5:1); as did the disciples of CHRIST, and as do saints in all ages; who know the power of His resurrection, and the effect it has on the regeneration of their souls, the justification of their persons now, and the resurrection of their bodies hereafter (Phil.3:20-21). And last but not least, the destruction of the enemies of CHRIST and theirs. Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (KJV)
Let them rejoice before God . . . rejoice in the awesome Presence of Him; enjoying close fellowship with Him. The wicked will be driven far off, but the righteous will be admitted to His Presence, and will gratefully rejoice and be glad before Him.
Let them exceedingly rejoice . . . for they have proper reason to do so . . . in His Person, His amazing grace, His righteousness and His salvation . . . all of which mean the degree, frequency, fervency, fullness and continuation of their joy. It is joy of heart united with the outward expressions of joy.
Psalm 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. (KJV)
Sing unto God . . . CHRIST was manifest in the Flesh, risen from the dead, ascended on high, set down at the right Hand of His divine FATHER; having exerted His great strength in their redemption; and therefore all should sing the song of redeeming love, with grace and melody in their hearts to Him. Sing praises to his name, to the honor of His Name JESUS the SAVIOUR, because of the great work of salvation wrought out by Him . . . we should give Him all the praise, honor and glory which is due to HIM.
Extol him that rideth upon heavens . . . extol means admire, exalt and worship Him by praising Him (Pro.4:8). There is no doubt they did this in the importance of bringing the ark to Zion. That rideth upon the heavens (68:33), only in different words. Or, that did ride in the desert, where the ark was carried, and GOD marched along with it in the pillar of cloud (Ex.13:21-22), having ascended above them, and being higher than they, and so is exalted above all blessing and praise; and uses His power and greatness to help His people (Deut.33:26). Rideth upon heavens . . . some choose to render the words, prepare the way, as John the Baptist is said to do before Him (Isa.40:3), and for CHRIST that rideth through the deserts or fields; as He probably did through the fields of Judea on a donkey, in the ministry of the Word, carried there by His apostles, where the places were compared to deserts for their barrenness and unfruitfulness.
By his name JAH . . . or JEHOVAH; which being a name incommunicable to creatures, and given to CHRIST, shows him to be the most High; a self-existent Being, the immutable and everlasting I AM (Ex.3:14), which is, and was, and is to come (Rev.1:4, 8; 4:8), from whom all creatures receive their being, and continued in it; and who is also JEHOVAH our righteousness; and by, in, and because of this Name, He is to be extolled and magnified!
And rejoice before him . . . (68:3). JEHOVAH, the source of all existence (Ex.6:3; Ps.83:18; Isa.12:2; 26:4).
Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. (KJV)
A father of the fatherless . . . in a literal sense, showing mercy to them, caring for them, protecting them. This is the character which Almighty GOD often takes on, partly to express His power and wisdom, and partly to show His, goodness, mercy and tenderness to them; and in which He should be imitated by civil officials, and by all good men: for it was not only a law in Israel to show regard to such, and take care not to afflict them, but it is also a part of pure and undefiled Christian religion (Jam.1:27). We, as TRUE believers of CHRIST, must imitate the great Author of it, Who is here intended. Also, this may be understood in a spiritual sense of those who are deserted by their friends, or are called to leave father and mother for the sake of CHRIST and His Gospel, for they are like fatherless ones, helpless in themselves, and know it, and will not trust in man, nor in any works of their own, but apply to CHRIST, where they have help and salvation, in whom the fatherless find mercy (Ps.10:14; 146:9; Jn.14:18; 15:4-5, 7; 2 Cor.3:4-5; 12:9-10; Phil.4:13). Dear one, without the Presence of CHRIST (Rom.8:9), and fellowship with Him (Rev.3:20), we are like orphans or fatherless children; but CHRIST, Who is the FATHER of such, will NOT leave them, but will have pity on them, show favor to them, provide everything needed for them, and will come and visit them (Jn.14:18).
And a judge of the widows . . . especially widows that are believers, for His elect that cry unto Him (Lk.18:2-8), shall be heard. This could refer to the Gospel church, who may be said to be in a widowhood estate, since CHRIST, her Bridegroom (Mat.9;15; 25:1, 5-6, 10; Mk.2:19-20; Lk.5:34-35; Jn.3:29), is gone to Heaven, and who yet, in the meantime, is her Judge, Protector, and Defender; and when she is made ready for Him, as a bride adorned for her husband, He shall come and take her to Himself (1 Thes.4:13-18), and she shall not remember the reproach of her widowhood any more (Isa.54:4-5).
Is God in his holy habitation . . . the father of the fatherless and judge of the widows is in Heaven, the Home of His Holiness, where CHRIST is the High and Holy One; and has respect to the poor and lowly, the fatherless and the widow. Dear one, He is also in His Gospel church, and in His Holy Temple (Rom.12:1; 1 Pet.2:5), where he dwells and walks, and grants His gracious Presence, and shall do so to the end of the world, according to His Promise (Jn.14:16-18, 27; 2 Jn.1:2).
Psalm 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (KJV)
God setteth the solitary in families . . . Jewish writers generally understand this of an increase in families, with children in lawful marriage, an instance of which is Abraham and Sarah; from which single or solitary ones, when joined in marriage, sprung a numerous offspring (Isa.51:2).
This may be better interpreted of the fruitfulness and increase of the church with converts, under the Gospel dispensation, even from among the Gentiles; who were before solitary, or alone, without GOD and CHRIST, and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; but being called and converted by the ministry of the Word, were brought into Gospel churches, or families of GOD (Isa.54:1), and may be applied to specific persons, who, before conversion, may be said to be solitary or alone; living without GOD, living without the knowledge and fear of GOD, without fellowship with Him, being alienated from life with Him through ignorance; and without CHRIST, with no fellowship with Him, He not dwelling in them, nor they in Him; not having the SPIRIT, His graces and His fruits; being completely without faith, hope and love.
Those who are without GOD, are also aliens from the people of GOD, having nothing to do with them, being in a state of solitude and darkness and under the power of sin and Satan . . . desolate and afflicted is the words used in (Ps.25:16). But, in effective calling, people are brought out of this dismal state, and being drawn with the cords of love by the HOLY SPIRIT to the FATHER and the SON, and brought to a spiritual friendship with them . . . they are set in families, or placed in Gospel churches; which, as families, have a master over them, Who is CHRIST the SON and Firstborn (Rom.8:29; Col.1:15, 18; Heb.12:23), of whom they are named; where are saints of various ages, sizes, and standing; some fathers, some young men, and some children (1 Jn.2:13-14); where are provisions suitable for them, and stewards to give them their portion of meat in due season (1 Cor.3:2; Heb.5:12).
He bringeth out those which are bound with chains . . . as Peter and others literally (Acts 12:5; 24:27); or this could be understood spiritually of those that are bound with the chains of their own sins, and are under the power of them, in which they are held, and who are led and kept captive by Satan; those CHRIST the SON makes free, proclaims liberty to them (Isa.61:1).
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land . . . meaning the Jews, to whom CHRIST came, and whom they rejected, reviled, hated and would not have him to reign over them (Lk.19:14, 27) and were an opposing and disobedient people; for which their land was smitten with a curse, and in the time of their wars became a dry land; when famine and pestilence was everywhere, and such tribulation as was never known (Isa.8:21; Mat.24:21). What is more, the nations of the world, among whom they are dispersed, shall be as a dry land to them; and even such places as are fruitful through the preaching of the Gospel, is nothing to them, who neither hear it, nor will they hear it . . . so they are like people in a dry and thirsty land (Ps.63:1). They missed the MESSIAH when He came! This may also be applied to ALL that do not obey the Gospel of CHRIST, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from his Presence (2 Thes.1:8-9), and shall not have a drop of cold water allowed them to cool their tongue (Lk.16:24). The reference may be thought to be to the Jews, that murmured and rebelled against GOD, and vexed His SPIRIT in the wilderness, where their carcasses fell; and so dwelt in a dry land, and entered not into rest, or the land of Canaan. The Israelites had wished to die in the wilderness (Num.14:2). GOD took them at their word, and their carcasses fell in the wilderness. They were made to groan under the burden of their own sin, which was too heavy for them to bear. GOD never leaves any one until they first leave Him. All those over twenty years old would die in the wilderness (14:29), because of their unbelief. Those under twenty years old, GOD would bring into the Promised Land. GOD knows the difference between the guilty and the innocent, and He cut the guilty off without touching their children. GOD never does completely take away His loving kindness. His mercy and grace is part of Him. http://www.hisservants.org/israel%27s_ten_failures_h_s.htm
*****Verses 5 and 6 tell us of a Gracious GOD, a GOD of mercy and compassion. He is great, and being a GOD of great power, He uses His power to relieve those that are distressed. The fatherless, the widows and the solitary, find Him to be a God all-sufficient to them. Consider how GOD rides upon the heavens by his name JAH (68:4) . . . we should immediately think that having been adored as KING of kings and LORD of lords (Rev.19:16), and the sovereign Director of all the affairs of states and nations; He is so . . . but this He rather glories in . . . that He is a FATHER of the fatherless. Although GOD is high, yet He has respect unto the poor and lowly. Happy are those that have an interest in such a GOD as this. He that rides upon the Heavens is a FATHER worth having, and happy are the people whose GOD is the LORD JESUS! JESUS IS GOD! . . . . . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_is_JESUS_god.htm
*****God setteth the solitary in families . . . is not the meaning of this: GOD is the Author of marriage; and children are the fruit of it, and are an inheritance from Him? WHY then, do people insist on aborting children and agreeing to same sex marriage? Psalm 139:15-16 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (KJV) . . . SEE: What about abortion, in Special Comments at the end of this Chapter.
FACTS ABOUT GOD AND CHRIST
<> He rides upon the heavens (68:4). <> His Name is JAH (Jehovah). <>He is a FATHER of the fatherless (68:5). <>He is the Judge of the widows (68:5). <> He lives in a Holy Habitation (68:5). <>He takes the place of a family in the life of the lonely. He unites families, or sets the lonely one in a family which will love him as their very own (68:6). <>He brings men out of bondage and slavery. <> He punishes the rebellious (68:6). <> He led His people out of Egypt through the wilderness (68:7). <> He shook the earth (68:8). <> The heavens bow down at His Presence (68:8) <> Even Sinai was moved by the Presence of God (68:8). <> He sent plentiful rain (68:9). <>He confirmed His inheritance to His weary people (68:9). <>He reaveals His goodness to the poor (68:10). <> He gave His Word to men who preached it (68:11). <>He defeated enemy kings and their armies and gave their land to Israel (68:12-14). <>He chose a hill and is pleased to dwell there eternally (68:15-16). <> His chariots and angels are innumerable (68:17; Heb.12:22-23). <> He dwells among the angels (68:17). <>CHRIST has ascended on high (68:18). <> He captured captives, meaning the righteous in Abraham’s Bosom or Paradise (Lk.16:22) in the lower parts of the Earth, and took them to Heaven with Him when He ascended on high (68:18; Eph.4:8-10). <> He received gifts for men, even for sinners to redeem them and to dwell among them eternally (68:18; Eph.4:8-11; Rev.21:3-7). <>He daily loads men with benefits (68:19). <>He provided salvation for all, including the rebellious ones (68:18-20). <>He controls the issues of life and death (68:20; Jn.10:10; 1 Jn.3:8-10; Rev.1:17). <> He defeated His enemies (68:21). <> He punishes ALL who insist on rebelling against Him and continuing in sin (68:21). <>He will bring His people from the depths of the sea again (68:22; Rev.20:13). <>He will conquer all His enemies (68:23). <>He displays Himself in the sanctuary (68:24). <> He commanded strength for the weak and helpless (68:28). <> CHRIST JESUS shall one day be honored by ALL the kings of the Earth (68:29). <> CHRIST JESUS shall receive worship from the heathen (68:31). <> CHRIST JESUS shall send out His mighty Voice in the last days (68:33-35). <> CHRIST JESUS shall give power to His people (68:35).
The Wonderful Works GOD Wrought for His People (68:7-14)
Fresh mercies should put us in mind of former mercies. If and/or when, GOD brings His people into a wilderness, He shall go before them, and to bring them out of it. He provided for Israel both in the wilderness and in Canaan. The daily manna seems to be meant here, and it looks to the spiritual provision for GOD'S Israel. The SPIRIT of grace and the Gospel of grace are like abundant rain, with which GOD confirms His inheritance, and from which their fruit is found. CHRIST shall come as showers that water the Earth. The account of Israel's victories is to be applied to the victories over death and Hell, by the exalted REDEEMER, for those that are His.
When Israel was in Egypt among the kilns, they were appalling, but when they possessed Canaan, during the reigns of David and Solomon, they were glorious. Dear one, when the slaves of Satan, are converted to CHRIST, when they are justified and sanctified by Him, they are children of GOD, and are honorable. When they reach Heaven one day, all remains of their sinful state are gne, they shall be as the wings of the dove, covered with silver, and her feathers as gold. Salvation will render those white as snow, who were vile and loathsome through the guilt and defilement of sin.
Psalm 68:7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah: (KJV)
O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people . . . in the pillar of cloud, and in the pillar of fire (Ex.13:21-22; 14:19, 24; Num.12:5; Deut.31:15; Neh.9:12, 19), one adds; and this divine Person was the SON of GOD, the Angel of His Presence, in whom His Name was JAH or JEHOVAH. JEHOVAH (Ex.6:3; Ps.83:18; Isa.12:2; 26:4).
When thou didst march through the wilderness . . . when CHRIST was at the head of the Israelites, leading, guiding and directing them; He provided all things necessary for them, and protecting them against their enemies. And so CHRIST goes before His people today, as they pass through the wilderness of this world; and does the same good things for them, until one day, He, as Captain of their souls shall bring them safely home to glory (Ps.3:2-8).
Psalm 68:8 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. (KJV)
The earth shook . . . not only around Sinai, but in many other places. Earthquakes: (Ex.19:18; 1 Sam.4:15; 22:8; 1 Ki.19:11; Job 9:6; Ps.18:7; 46:3; 60:2; 68:8; 77:18; 97:4; 114:7; Isa.13:13; 24:19; 29:6; Jer.4:24; Eze.38:19; Joel 2:10; 3:16; Amos 1:2; Hab.3:10; Zec.14:5; Mat.24:7; 27:51; 28:2; Mk.13:8; Lk.21:11; Acts 16:26; Rev.6:12; 8:5; 11:13,19; 16:18). Also, Earth swallowed them up: (Num.16:30, 32; 26:10; Deut.11:6; Ps.106:17). Dear one, GOD is absolutely in control of this entire Universe. He can cause a drought, earthquake, fire, flood, tornado, a volcano to erupt, etc., any time He so desires! Why can’t people see that He often does this because of the people disobeying Him?
The earth shook may also mean the dread and trembling of the inhabitants of the Earth, when they heard of the wonderful things GOD did for His people (Ex.15:14).
The heavens also dropped at the presence of God . . . this seems to mean a large shower of rain, which followed the lightning and thunder, when the law was given.
Even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel . . . Sinai is said to quake greatly (Ex.19:18). The words of this verse and Psalm 68:7 seem to be borrowed out of the song of Deborah (Judg.5:4-5). Similar effects followed the spread of the Gospel, a shaking of the heavens and of the earth as a symbol of the removing of the ceremonial rites and Mosaic ordinances. Consider that CHRIST, who went before the Israelites in the wilderness, and whom they tempted and rebelled against, is called the GOD of Israel . . . their MESSIAH!
*****One day, the whole Earth shall be moved and awed at the Presence of GOD, when He comes down to set up His Kingdom. He shall be with His people, and the Earth and the Heavens . . . all shall be moved by His glorious and majestic Presence!
Psalm 68:9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary. (KJV)
Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain . . . plentiful rain means the doctrine of the Gospel (Deut.32:2; Isa.45:8; Hos.14:4-6), and the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT (1 Cor.12:7-9) bestowed freely and plentifully.
Whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary . . . the inheritance of CHRIST, which He has chosen, which the FATHER has given Him (Jn.10:27-30), and He possesses, are the people of GOD. When they were weary because of the heavy burdens of rites and ceremonies of the law; with their own sins and corruptions, a burden too heavy for them to bear; with the sins of others, among whom they dwell; with the temptations of Satan, with the persecutions of the men of the world, which make them weary at times, and too, with the common afflictions and troubles of life, which often make them weary of life itself. Now, by the plentiful comfort of the doctrines of the Gospel, accompanied with the SPIRIT of CHRIST (Rom.8:9), and grace of GOD (1 Pet.4:10; 5:12), the hearts of the LORD'S people are refreshed, just as the weary, dry, thirsty land, is comforted after a shower of rain.
Psalm 68:10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor. (KJV)
Thy congregation hath dwelt therein . . . the LORD'S inheritance, in the midst of His church and people (Gal.3:26-29). The word for congregation means beasts or living creatures. Some understand them of the Gentiles, who, before the Gospel came among them, were comparable to dogs ( Ps.22:16; Mat.7:6; 15:26; Mk.7:27); but, under the Gospel dispensation, they were put among the people of GOD Gal.3:26-29), and dwelt in His inheritance, so may be applied to ALL that are quickened and made alive by the grace of GOD; to all that are written among the living in Jerusalem; although this does not exclude any living believer, who has a name and a place here (Rev.20:15), and who are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of GOD. Book of life, many prophets refer to this Book, including Moses, David, the Apostle John, Paul and JESUS Himself: (Ex.32:32-33; Ps.69:28; 87:6; Dan.12:1; Lk.10:20; Phil.4:3; Rev.3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19).
Thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor . . . spiritual blessings of goodness, blessings of grace and mercy; which flow from divine goodness, are in themselves good, and in their effects; and these were prepared in the covenant of grace and in CHRIST from all eternity; so that persons poor, needy, fatherless, uneducated, widows and helpless can access the wonderful goodness of GOD. He has provided for them when they had no resources of their own, when they were a poor, oppressed and afflicted people, totally dependent on Him.
*****Verses 68:9-10 tell us that GOD provided comfortably for Israel, both in the wilderness and in Canaan. He sent a plentiful rain and had prepared His goodness for the poor. This may refer: (1). To the feeding them with manna in the wilderness, which was rained upon them (Ex.16:35; Num.11:6-7, 9; Ps.78:24; 105:40), and also the quails (Ex.16:13; Num.11:31-32; Ps.105:4), and it might rightly be called a rain of kindness, for it was a extraordinary instance of the divine bounty. (2). To the seasonable supplies granted them in Canaan, that land flowing with milk and honey (Ex.3:8, 17), which is said to drink water of the rain of Heaven (Deut. 11:11). This looks further to the spiritual provision made for GOD'S Israel; the SPIRIT of grace and the Gospel of grace are the plentiful rain with which GOD confirms His inheritance, and from which their fruit is found (Isa.45:8). CHRIST Himself is this rain (Ps.72:6). He shall come as showers that water the Earth.
Psalm 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. (KJV)
The Lord gave the word . . . the word is the Gospel, which CHRIST gave to His apostles. He gave the word of reconciliation to them (2 Cor.5:19); He entrusted them with it, as a sacred deposit; He gave gifts unto them (Heb.2:4), qualifying them for the care of it; He gave them a assignment to preach it; and He gave them words to speak it as it should be spoken, and a chance to circulate it. Great was the company of those that published it . . . there were in our Lord JESUS’ time twelve apostles (Lk.6:13; 9:1) and seventy disciples (Lk.10:1), who were sent out to preach the Gospel. Many more in the times of the apostles followed, and since. The word for company indicates an army. CHRIST'S servants are soldiers, and fight a good battle. Their weapons are not carnal, but spiritual and mighty through GOD, and they are made victorious in CHRIST.
The idea here is, that GOD commanded His people to go out to battle, and to take with them the Ark of the Covenant. The females of the land (the singers) were ready to make known the proclamation; to celebrate the will of the LORD by songs and dances; to cheer and encourage their husbands, brothers, and fathers, as they went out to the conflict. The result is stated in the following verse.
Psalm 68:12 Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil. (KJV)
Kings of armies did flee apace . . . they fled quickly. The idea is, they fled at once, in fear. Roman emperors and kings, and all who fled, when they fled to the mountains and hills, they called for them to hide them from CHRIST (Rev.6:15-17).
And she that tarried at home divided the spoil . . . the church, compared to a woman that keeps the home (Tit.2:5), who shared in the spoils taken out of the hands of Satan, and from among the Gentiles, the converted souls brought to her. What is promised to CHRIST (Isa.53:12); is said of the church; she being made more than a victor through Him, and sharing in all His victories and spoils. It means the certain and easy success of the Gospel ministry, attended with a divine power, and the advantages thereof to the Gospel Church of CHRIST; this was particularly true of the church in the times of Constantine.
Psalm 68:13 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. (KJV)
Though ye have lain among the pots . . . some think these words to be the words of the women, addressing the Israelites going out to war; that though they should lie in a low, dark, and disagreeable place, in the camp, in the open field, exposed to wind and weather; yet they would be fair and beautiful, and be loaded with gold and silver, the spoil of the enemy. Another refers to them as the encampment of the Israelites in their tents, and to the nature and order of their army going to battle: the body of the army in the middle, and the two wings, right and left, on each side; whose glittering armor of gold and brass, the rays of the sun striking on them, are fitly resembled by the colors on the wings and back of a dove. Another thinks pots should be sheepfold.
Yet shall they be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold . . . beautiful and glorious, like the feathers of a dove, which according to its different positions, and of the light shining upon it, look like silver or gold. As the wings of a dove covered with silver may mean the purity of doctrine held by them; the Words of the LORD being as silver purified seven times (Ps.12:6); and the value and sincerity of their faith, by which they mount up with wings as eagles (Isa.40:31) and the holiness of their bringing the Gospel of CHRIST: and being as the feathers of a dove covered with yellow gold, which may mean their being adorned with the graces of the SPIRIT, which are more precious than gold that perisheth (1 Pet.1:7), or their being clothed with the righteousness of CHRIST (1 Cor.1:30), indicated by gold of Ophir, and clothing of wrought gold (Ps.45:9). The dove is a symbol of GOD'S beloved Israel, who is so protected and blessed that it has taken silver and gold from its enemies, even though it stayed in camp. It is a shame that so many people hate Israel, and that one day ALL nations shall rise up against her. Is the United States in Bible prophecy? YES! It is! The Bible clearly states that every nation in the world will join together to invade Israel in the last days and be destroyed in the battle of Armageddon. GOD clearly states: I will gather all nations against Jerusalem. Judgment Day Is Coming! See an interesting article that applies here: . . . . . . . https://www.thebereancall.org/content/judgment-day-approaching-0
Scriptures that prove this fact:
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV)
Psalm 118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. (KJV)
Isaiah 54:1-17 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. 4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. 5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. 6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. 7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. 9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. 10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. 11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. 12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. 13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. 15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. 16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_isaiah_ch.54.htm
Jeremiah 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground. (KJV)
Ezekiel 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. (KJV) . . . Gog and Magog:
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (KJV) . . . Gather all nations: http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_joel_ch.3.htm
Zechariah 12:2-3 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (KJV) .
Zechariah 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (KJV) . . . Destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem:
Zechariah 14:2-4 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (KJV) . . . I will gather all nations against Jerusalem: http://www.godcannotlie.org/zec_ch14.htm
Revelation 19:17-21 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (KJV) . . . And all the fowls were filled with their flesh: http://www.godcannotlie.org/rev_ch19.htm
Psalm 68:14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon. (KJV)
When the Almighty scattered kings in it . . . His inheritance, His congregation (68:9). Some understand of this of CHRIST spreading and giving in large numbers, to pastors and teachers of the Gospel; who are kings and spiritual governors over churches, and have the rule over them in the LORD.
It was white as snow in Salmon . . . Salmon is mount Zalmon, near Shechem (Judg.9:48); which seems to have had its name from the shady trees upon it; and which also, as it seems from hence, was sometimes covered with snow; as was Lebanon, so called from the whiteness of the snow on it.
The Presence of GOD in His Church (68:15-21)
The ascension of CHRIST is meant here, and it is applied in (Eph.4:8). He received as the purchase of His death, the gifts needed to convert sinners, and the salvation of believers. These gifts He continually bestows , . . that the Lord GOD might dwell among them, as their Friend and FATHER. He gave gifts to men. Having received power to give eternal life, the Lord JESUS bestows it on as many as were given Him (Jn.10:27-30; 17:2). The Lord JESUS came to a rebellious world, NOT to condemn it (Jn.3:17), but that through Him it might be saved. The glory of Zion's King is, that He is a SAVIOUR and Benefactor to all His willing people, and a consuming fire (Deut.4:24; 9:3; Heb.12:29) to all that persist to rebel against Him. So many and such wonderful are the gifts of GOD'S bounty that He may be truly said to load us with them (68:19). He will not put us off with present things for just a portion, but will be the GOD of our eternal salvation. The Lord JESUS has authority and power to rescue His people from the power of death, by taking away the sting of it from them when they die, and giving them complete victory over it when they rise again (Phil.3:20-21; Heb.2:14-15; Rev.20:6).
Psalm 68:15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan. (KJV)
The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan . . . the hill of GOD, or the mountain of GOD is elsewhere applied in the Scriptures as Mount Horeb or Mount Sinai (Ex.3:1; 18:5; 24:13; 1 Ki.19:8), and to Mount Zion (Ps.24:3; 125:1; Isa.30:29; Joel 2;32). The reference is, I think, clearly to Mount Zion; and the idea is, that that mountain, although it was not famous for its elevation or grandeur . . . it had been selected as the place where GOD was to be worshipped.
An high hill, as the hill of Bashan . . . high hill, which is not to be understood of external height, but of its spiritual height in regard of the glorious privileges of GOD'S Presence, and worship.
Bashan was fat and fertile, but Zion was better; because it was the place where GOD’S Presence was and always will be (Isa.2:2).
Psalm 68:16 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. (KJV)
Why leap ye, ye high hills? . . . meaning the kingdoms of this world that lift themselves up and look with contempt on the Christian church, and lie in wait to leap upon it, insult it, and try to crush it out of existence . . . but all in vain, because the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Mat.16:18). The little stone cut out of the mountain without hands will become a great mountain, and fill the whole earth (Dan.2:34, 45), and break in pieces and consume the kingdoms of it (Dan.2:44).
This is the hill which God desireth to dwell in . . . (Ps.132:13), meaning the essential Word (Jn.1:1-3), the Messiah. His desire was towards His church and His people, now and in eternity. CHRIST has chosen and desired them for His Habitation, and to be in the midst of them is His delight (Rev.1:13).
Yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever . . . He dwells in His church now by His gracious Presence; and He shall dwell in the New Jerusalem church state personally for a thousand years (Rev.20:2-8) ; and after that He shall dwell with and among His people for all eternity (Ps.132:13-14).
Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. (KJV)
The chariots of God are twenty thousand . . . the chariots of God are angels. They are called chariots, because they have appeared in such a form (2 Ki.2:11), and because, like chariots of war, they are the strength and protection of the LORD'S people; and because of their swiftness in doing His work; and because they are for His honor and glory. Angels are the chariots of GOD, in which He rides around the world doing His will (2 Sam.22:11-12; Ps.18:10; Eze.1:5-14; 10:20-22); the angels are the chariots in which CHRIST ascended up to Heaven, and in which He shall descend at the last day (Mat.25:31; 2 Thes.1:7; Jude 1:14); and in which He now brings the souls of His people to Him at death (Lk.16:22), and will make use of these mighty ones at the resurrection to gather them to Him (Mat.24:31), when their bodies are raised by Him. Are twenty thousand . . . the number of angels is very great (Dan.7:10). CHRIST speaks of twelve legions of them (Mat.26:53). They are even said to be a multitude (Lk.2:13), which is observed, both for the glory of GOD, and for the safety of His people, an innumerable company (Heb.12:22), and thousands of angels (Rev.5:11). The chariots of GOD is only used in this place for angels.
The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the holy place . . . at the head of them, being their Governor and Commander, at whose beck and call they are, always ready to do His will. The LORD was also among them when He ascended to Heaven, being carried up by them; as He was among them at Sinai, when the Law was given (Ex.31:18); for CHRIST was there then (Acts 7:38) and attended with ten thousands of His Holy angels, by whom the law was ordained, spoken, and given (Deut.33:2, Heb.2:2); for which Sinai is called the holy place, because the Presence of GOD was there, and the law given from it.
***** 1 Chron.28:18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD. (KJV) . . . The chariot of the cherubims . . . the cherubim (angels) are themselves the chariots of God (68:17). Angels are the chariots upon which the Lord GOD rides. Chariots (angels) of God: (Ps.18:10; 2 Ki.2:11; 2 Ki.6:17; Eze.1:15-28; Eze.ch.8; Eze.ch.10).
Psalm 68:18 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. (KJV)
Thou hast ascended on high . . . this is to be understood of CHRIST's ascension to Heaven, as the apostle Paul explains: Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) (KJV)
GOD had descended or come down from His dwelling-place in the case referred to in the Psalm, and that having now secured a victory by conquering His foes, and having given deliverance to His people, CHRIST had now returned, or re-ascended to His seat at the right Hand of GOD, His FATHER (Acts 7:55-56; Rom.8:34).
Thou hast led captivity captive . . . may mean those who had been prisoners in the grave, but were set free at CHRIST's resurrection, and went with Him in victory to Heaven; or all His people, whom He redeemed by His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19), from that captivity and bondage they were in by nature; or maybe those who were led captive by sin, Satan, the world, death, and every spiritual enemy, whom CHRIST conquered and triumphed over. The reference may be to public triumphs, when captives were led in chains, even kings and great men that had been captured.
Thou hast received gifts for men . . . the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT, qualifying men for the ministry of the Gospel, as they are interpreted by the apostle Paul (Eph.4:11). These gifts CHRIST received from His divine FATHER, when He ascended up to Heaven, so that He could give them to men; and which He did in a very amazing way on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
Yea, for the rebellious also . . . the disobedient and unbelieving, as all people are by nature, even GOD'S elect, before conversion (Tit.3:3); who are not only called by grace, and have the blessings of grace bestowed upon them, such as Saul, the blasphemer, persecutor and injurious (1 Tim.1:13), and some of those among the Jews, that wanted the crucifixion of CHRIST (Jn.19:6).
That the Lord God might dwell among them . . . after having received such gifts, thereby being made fit habitations for GOD (Rom.12:1). CHRIST, who as Man ascended into the highest heavens, might as GOD come down to them, and dwell with them, not only in and by His ordinances, in which He is present, but also by His SPIRIT dwelling in their hearts by faith (Rom.8:9). Ascended: (Ps.24:3, 7-10; 47:5; 110:1; Mk.16:9; Lk.24:51; Acts 1:2-9; Eph.4:8-10; Heb.4:14; 6:20; 8:1; 1 Pet.3:22).
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. (KJV)
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits . . . the LORD loads us with awesome spiritual blessings, an abundance of grace as well as with temporal mercies, for which He should be praised day after day. As a father does his child, or a shepherd his lambs . . . so too, the LORD cares for us from the womb (Ps.139:13) to our hoary head (Lev.19:32. Pro.16:31) . . . and because of this, the sacrifice of praise (Heb.13:15) should be ascribed to Him (Isa.46:3-5). CHRIST is the Author of salvation (Heb.5:9) to them, therefore His Name is to be praised, for there is no temptation that He allows to come to us, that he will make a way to escape, and that ye may be able to bear it (1 Cor.10:13).
Selah . . . this word is found 71 times in the Book of Psalms, and 3 times in chapter 3 of the Book of Habakkuk (Hab.3:3, 9, 13). Selah means to lift up, exalt, also it is a suspension, (in music), pause. Maybe it means to pay attention, pay heed, or maybe it means: Stop, look, and listen., which is a lesson for us all . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/habakkuk_ch3.htm
Psalm 68:20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death. (KJV)
He that is our God is the God of salvation He that is our God . . . He that is our God is GOD for us, He is on our side; and is the Almighty GOD, able to save to the uttermost (Heb.7:25). CHRIST is the God of salvation . . . or obtaining salvation for His people, and giving it them that believe Him (1 Jn.5:10-12).
And unto God the Lord belong the issues from death . . . CHRIST has abolished death, and him that had the power of it (Heb.2:14), having delivered Himself from it, and shall deliver all His people from it, as well as from eternal death; for He has the keys of hell and death in His Hands (Rev.1:18). Different deaths: . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
To God the Lord belong the issues, or ways of death. He has many different ways of bringing death to people. He in His wisdom destroys His and His people's enemies; for the power of death belongs to GOD; and only He can deliver us from the second death (Rev.2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8), and place us in a condition where death is no more to be dreaded, but looked forward to (2 Cor.5:6-9). Dear one, all this belongs to GOD. All this is under His control. Only He can conduct us from a bed of death in the lake of fire (Rev.20:15) to a world where we shall never die (Jn.3:15-16; 10:28; 17:3).
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV)
John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 JESUS answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV)
Psalm 68:21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses. (KJV)
But God shall wound the head of his enemies . . . Him who is the chief of His enemies, Satan the god of this world (2 Cor.4:4) and all enemies of CHRIST. GOD shall crush the head of them (Gen.3:15; Ps.110:6).
And the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses . . . by whom may be meant the Antichrist. One interprets this of Esau, who was a hairy man (Gen.27:11), and a type of Antichrist. The hairy scalp may mean his fierceness and cruelty, appearing like a savage beast, drinking the blood of the saints (Rev.17:3-6); and like a thief and a robber, who let their hair grow long, entangled and shaggy, to strike terror into people with whom the met.
Also Antichrist’s pride and arrogance; exalting himself above all that is called god (Isa.14:12-15), and opening his mouth in blasphemy against Him (Dan.7:8,11,25; 11:36; Rev.13:5) and it also mean that Antichrist shall have miraculous powers from Satan (Dan.8;24; 11:37-39; Mat.24:24; 2 Thes.2:9; Rev.13:2,11-18; 16:13-16; 19:20). GOD’S enemies refuse to repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts (Rev.9:21). CHRIST JESUS, will give him a deadly wound (Rev.13:12) of which he shall never be healed . . . this being true of all who continue in a sinful course of life without repentance; who are workers of iniquity, whose lives are continued sin. These will be punished by CHRIST with everlasting destruction. 2 Thes.1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord JESUS CHRIST: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_thes_ch1.htm
Workers of iniquity: (Job 31:3; 34:8,22; Ps.5:5; 6:8; 14:4; 28:3; 36:12; 37:1; 53:4; 59:2; 64:2; 92:7,9; 94:4,16; 125:5; 141:9; Pro.10:29; 21:15; Lk.13:27). IF a person repents, GOD will be merciful to him; but IF he persists in sin, he will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. The reference is to a wicked man continuing in his disobedience to GOD, with no thought of repenting.
The Victories of CHRIST (68:22-28)
The victories with which GOD blessed David over the enemies of Israel, are types of CHRIST'S victory, for Himself and for all who believe in Him. All those who take CHRIST JESUS for theirs, see Him as their GOD and their KING, for their good, and in answer to their prayers. The Kingdom of the MESSIAH shall one day be submitted to by ALL the rulers in ALL the nations of the world. The words in (68:28) apply to the REDEEMER, to His church, and every TRUE believer. http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
Psalm 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: (KJV)
The Lord said . . . within Himself, in His own Heart; He decided on it in His Mind to do what follows.
I will bring again from Bashan . . . just as He delivered His people from Og, king of Bashan before (Num.21:33-35). So, the LORD resolved and promised to ransom them out of the hands of him that were stronger than they; to recover them from the strong man armed (Lk.11:21) and deliver them from the power of darkness (Acts 26:18; Col.1:13) and save them from all the bulls of Bashan (Ps.22:12), to which some refers in the explanation of this; but some understand it of the fat and great ones of the Earth, of the conversion of kings and princes (Ps.22:29).
I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea . . . meaning out of the most wretched and desperate condition, out of the depths of sin and misery; out of a helpless and hopeless state, in which they were through the fall, and their actual transgressions: the reference is to the bringing of the children of Israel through the Red Sea and out of the depths of it, unto dry land (Ex.14:10-31). The words my people are not in the Hebrew, but they do not seem to be wrongly supplied by the translators. So, the reference is to GOD intervening in conducting His people through the Red Sea (Ex.14:22). The idea is, that GOD would always intervene in their behalf, and deliver them from any similar dangers.
Psalm 68:23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same. (KJV)
That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies . . . this verse goes hand in hand with 68:21. The sense is, that the MESSIAH would so wound the head of His people's enemies, that there would be such a large outpouring of blood, that their feet would be in it (Ps.58:10; Rev. 14:20). The Lord GOD will make such a slaughter among His enemies that they shall walk over their dead bodies; and beasts of prey shall feed upon them (Rev.19:17-19).
And the tongue of thy dogs in the same . . . who would lick it up, as the dogs licked the blood of Jezebel (1 Ki.21:19). So too, such a massacre will be made of Antichrist and His followers that the fowls of the heavens will be called upon to eat the flesh of kings, captains, and mighty ones (Rev.19:17).
Psalm 68:24 They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary. (KJV)
They have seen thy goings, O God . . . in saving His people, and destroying His enemies. GOD’S goings have been attended by pomp and magnificence, and had been witnessed by multitudes. Goings here refers to the solemn triumphal processions which celebrated the marvelous victories achieved by Almighty GOD.
Even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary . . . the walk and lifestyle of CHRIST, when He was made flesh and dwelt among men (Jn.1:14), His manner of life and behavior; His works and miracles, His sufferings, His death and His resurrection from the dead . . . all which His apostles were eyewitnesses of and also His going up to Heaven (Acts 1:9), which was visible to angels and men. Too His progress and victorious trips in Judea, and in the Gentile world by the ministry of the Gospel, in which He went forth conquering, and to conquer. In the sanctuary . . . this was not the Temple, for it was not built until the time of Solomon. It seems that this sanctuary to which the Ark of the Covenant was carried was the tabernacle (Ex.29:43-44).
Psalm 68:25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels. (KJV)
The singers went before . . . the solemn procession in the removal of the ark. In that procession were those who sang preceded those who performed on instruments of music (1 Chron.13:8; 15:16). The different classes of performers would naturally be together.
The players on instruments followed after . . . so the sweet strains of the Gospel, the pleasant and distinguishing sounds of it, as well as the praises of GOD'S people, are, in the New Testament, signified by harps, and men's playing upon them (Rev.5:8). The Gospel is a joyful sound o those who love the Lord JESUS; it is like music, sweet and delightful; it is as a wonderful song of love, grace, mercy, peace, pardon and righteousness, and of eternal life and salvation by CHRIST; it truly is as sweet music in the ears of wise souls, but it is words that most do not want to hear. They hear the words, but they do them not (Eze.33:32; Mk.4:16; 10:17-22; Acts 26:28).
Amongst them were the damsels playing with timbrels . . . playing with timbrels or beating on tabrets, as women used to do when they met their kings returning from the conquest of their enemies (1 Sam.18:6). Damsels playing with timbrels . . . the singers and the players were surrounded by these women playing on timbrels. A timbrel is a kind of drum, a tabret, or tambourine, usually beaten with the fingers (Isa.5:12). It is an instrument which has been in use from remote antiquity.
What is the Ark of the Covenant? https://www.gotquestions.org/ark-of-the-covenant.html
What was in the Ark of the Covenant? (1). The Ten Commandments Ex.25:16; 31:18. (2). Aaron’s rod (Ex.7:8-23; 8:1-19. (3). Jar of manna Ex.16:31-35; Num.1:7-9.
Psalm 68:26 Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. (KJV)
Bless ye God in the congregations . . . Bless ye God is was what they said as they sang and played; they called upon one another, to bless the Lord JESUS CHRIST, GOD manifest in the flesh; not by invoking or bestowing a blessing on Him, which cannot be, and of which He has no need; but by proclaiming Him to be GOD over all, blessed for evermore. It is a dreadful shame that instead of speaking praises to His honor and glory, His Name is only used when people joke, ridicule and blaspheme Him. BEWARE!!!~
Even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel . . . or the LORD, who is of the fountain of Israel, who descended from Israel, or Jacob (Mat.1;2), as CHRIST JESUS was, according to the flesh (Rom.9:5). GOD, who is the fountain of living waters (Jer.2:13), CHRIST, whose Blood is the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness (Zec.13:1). All the descendants of Jacob or Israel are thus called on to unite in solemnly praising the LORD their GOD, their MESSIAH!
Psalm 68:27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali. (KJV)
There is little Benjamin, with their ruler . . . there is little Benjamin, in that solemn procession, is the tribe of Benjamin is called little because Benjamin was the youngest of the sons of Jacob, or, more likely because that tribe was among the smallest of the tribes of Israel. The tribe was so small, as compared with that of Judah, that after the revolt of the ten tribes, the name of Benjamin was lost, and the whole nation was called the tribe of Judah.
The princes of Judah, and their council . . . their council is their congregations over which they presided, some of which were of the tribe of Judah, of which tribe CHRIST was (Heb.7:14). Some think that it must be those that are called His brethren, but JESUS, in the Bible says differently about who His brethren are (Mat.12:47-50; Mk.3:32-35; Lk.8:19-21).
The princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali . . . the rest of those who were of Galilee, in which country lay the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali: such as Peter, Andrew, James and John, Philip and Nathaniel (Mat.4:13).These were remote or border tribes, and they seem to be mentioned here to show that all the tribes were represented; that is, that this was a national celebration. The fact that these tribes are mentioned as being represented on the occasion, proves that this psalm was composed before the revolt of the ten tribes, and before the formation of the Kingdom of Israel; meaning as early as the time of Solomon. This increases the probability that this psalm was written by David.
Psalm 68:28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us. (KJV)
Thy God hath commanded thy strength . . . GOD had called for a full representation of the strength of the nation; He wanted a full turn out. It was an impressive sight, showing the real strength of the people. The Kingdom of the MESSIAH should be submitted to by ALL the leaders and learned men in the world . . . hardly so in our times! Dear one we should seek Him, depending on Him to perfect what He has begun. Whatever strength we have comes from CHRIST, His power and His grace, for we have NO reason to boast because we have NO strength on our own. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)
Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us . . . if we understand this of the apostles, princes and rulers, it refers to the work of preaching the Gospel, and the success of it.
Increase the strength, let it be greater still, by adding to the number and the prosperity of His people. This is truly the desire in the heart of every child of GOD (Jn.12-13; 3:3-8), whatever strength GOD may have given to His people, He would give a larger measure still, that however greatly he may have increased their numbers, he would add to them many more. This desire of the heart of piety will not be satisfied until the whole world believes GOD (1 Jn.5:10-13).
*****GOD the FATHER had promised to send forth the rod of His strength out of Zion (Ps.110:2); meaning the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, both into the several cities of Judea, and into the Gentile world, where it was the power of God unto salvation (Rom.1:16; 1 Pet.1:5), to both Jew and Gentile. The LORD'S Name was to be blessed by the princes, rulers and governors of them before mentioned, showing that the LORD has made good His Promise to them, that it was owing to their being strengthened by Him that they walked up and down in His Name, doing His work, and preaching His Gospel, both to Jews and Gentiles. JESUS is the Son of Man Who died for our sins: (Dan.7:13; Mat.8:20; 9:6; 10:23; 11:19; 12:8,40; 13:41; 16:27-28; 17:9,12; 19:28; 20:18; 24:27,30; 26:24,64; Mk.10:45; Lk.19:10; Jn.1:51; 3:13-14; 6:27,53; 12:23; Acts 7:56; Rev.1:13; 14:14). BEWARE! Do NOT deny Him!
Increase of the Church (68:29-31)
An definite invitation is given to those that are without, outside (unbelievers), to join the church. Some will yield because of fear; some will be persuaded by their consciences, some by wisdom and foresight, they are brought in to make peace with the church. Others will submit willingly (68:29, 31). There is such beauty, benefit and value in the service of GOD, and in the Gospel of CHRIST which went forth from Jerusalem, which invites sinners from all nations.
Without = outside: (Mat.12:46-47; 26:69; Mk.3:31-32; 4:11; 7:15,18;11:4; Lk.1:10; 8:20; 11:40; 13:25; Jn.18:16; 20:11; Heb.13:11-12; 13:13; Rev.11:2; 14:20; 22:15).
Psalm 68:29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. (KJV)
Because of thy temple at Jerusalem . . . not the physical Temple there, which was not built in David's time, but was built by his son, Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; and even though it was rebuilt by Zerubbabel, repaired by Herod, and was the MESSIAH'S Temple, into which He entered as the LORD and Proprietor of it (Mat.21:12; Mk.11:15; Lk.19;45-46; Jn.2:14-17), yet it was quickly after His time demolished . . . but the MESSIAH'S spiritual Temple, of which He is the Builder, Foundation and Cornerstone stands! Cornerstone: (Isa.28:16; Mat.21:42; Mk.12:10.Lk.20:17; Eph.2:20; 1 Pet.2:6-7). Temple here properly means a palace, the abode of GOD considered as a King, or His residence as King. It can be applied either to the Tabernacle or to the Temple, something erected as the special dwelling-place of GOD (Ps.5:7; 65:4; 132:7; 138:2). So this Passage does not prove that the Psalm was composed after Solomon’s Temple was built, because it may refer to the tabernacle that David set up for the ark on Mount Zion.
At Jerusalem . . . literally, upon or above Jerusalem. Possibly the idea is, that as the place of worship was built on Mount Zion, it was above or seemed to overhang the city. Jerusalem was built mostly in the valleys that lay between many different hills; Mount Zion, Mount Moriah, etc.
Shall kings bring presents unto thee . . . meaning that those who would become Christians, in the earlier ages of Christianity, and who brought their riches and wealth to CHRIST, and into His church, with a design for the good and prosperity of it, though it proved otherwise; and as many will in the latter day, who, being converted, will bring presents to the King Messiah, join His churches, and be their nursing fathers (Ps.72:10-11); and who will bring their glory and honor, and that of the nations, into the New Jerusalem church (Ps.22:27; 86:9; 117:1-2; Isa.45:23; Isa.66:18-22; Zec.2:11; 8:20-23; 14:16; Mal.1:11; Rev.11:15); and it will be because of His people and for their good as well as for the glory and honor of CHRIST, that those presents will be brought; and which will not only be theirs, their good things, but themselves, whom they will present to the Lord, as living and acceptable sacrifices (Rom.12:1). For out of the Temple shall Christ receive offerings; because on Jerusalem does His Shekinah dwell; and out of their palaces kings shall bring unto Him sacrifices. What is the Shekinah Glory? See special Comments at the end of this chapter.
Psalm 68:30 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. (KJV)
Rebuke the company of spearmen . . . scold the men that use and fight with spears. Although there is difficulty in interpreting the particular expressions, it seems to mean the most frightening enemies of the people of GOD, represented here by wild beasts, would be subdued, and would be made to show their submission by bringing presents, so the idea agrees with that in the previous verse, that kings would bring presents.
The multitude of bulls . . . fierce, warlike kings are compared with strong bulls (Ps.22:12), and
could mean the worldly powers of the beast of Rome; the anti-Christian kings and princes, compared to these creatures for their great strength, power, and authority, and for their fierce and furious persecution of the people of GOD. Antichrist is a horned creature, the ten horns of the beast (Rev.13:1), in his civil and secular capacity, with which he pushes the saints, casts them down, and tramples on them (Ps.22:12-13; Rev.19:18).
With the calves of the people . . . the people are compared to calves for their weakness and stupidity; these are the common people under the government and influence of the kings and princes of the Earth; the people, multitudes, nations, and tongues, over whom the anti-Christian Roman harlot sits, rules, and reigns (Rev.17:1-5, 9). This phrase shows that the whole of this is to be taken, not in a literal, but symbolic way.
Till everyone submit himself with pieces of silver . . . meaning to rebuke them by His Word, or by His wisdom, until they realize their sins, repent of them, and submit themselves to CHRIST; and bring with them their wealth and substance, and lay it at His Feet to use for His interest, to testify of their submission to Him. This Roman antichrist (great whore) is said to be decked with gold and precious stones (Rev.17:4-6). http://www.godcannotlie.org/rev_ch17.htm
Everyone that humbles himself for pieces of silver, that lies down to be trampled on for the sake of temporary advantage describes the parasites that flatter the man of sin (2 Thes.2:3), who bow before him, take his mark in their hands or foreheads, that they may be allowed to buy and sell (Rev.13:16-17) . . . dear one . . . ALL of these . . . the Lord GOD would rebuke, NOT in love, but with the lake of fire (Rev.20:15).
Scatter thou the people that delight in war . . . such as the Antichrist and the anti-Christians for they take delight in making war with the saints, and in slaying of them (Rev.13:7; 16:6; 17:6), to whom power has been given so to do; with whose blood they have been made drunk (Rev.17:6), and have taken as much pleasure in the shedding of blood as a drunken man does in indulging himself to excess in liquor . . . but these in GOD'S own time shall be scattered, when CHRIST the Lamb shall fight against them with the sword of His mouth (Rev.19:15), and shall utterly destroy them.
Psalm 68:31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God. (KJV)
Princes shall come out of Egypt . . . some versions render it ambassadors. This is a prophecy of the conversion of the Gentiles, under the names of Egypt and Ethiopia; which will be at this time that the kings of the Earth will become Christians, and the Antichrist will be destroyed (Rev.20:7-10). The conversion of every sinner is a coming out of Egypt . . . it is a call to them to come out of darkness and bondage, much worse than that of Egypt, into light and liberty, when they are set among the princes of CHRIST'S people. When these princes shall come out of Egypt, they shall come to and acknowledge the One and Only true GOD. Egypt is referred to here because it was one of the most well-known of the foreign nations at that time, and it is said that the distinguished men of foreign nations, the rulers and princes of the world, would come and submit themselves to GOD, and be united to His people. This shall be in the latter days, it surely is not happening today!
Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God . . . the Gospel is said to be preached in Ethiopia by Phillip (Acts 8:26-37), where we have the instance of a famous Ethiopian, that was converted and baptized; and who very likely carried the Gospel into this country, and spread it. So this prophecy began to have its fulfilment then, but will have a greater fulfillment in the latter days. All men are like Ethiopians, for they are in a state of nature and unregeneracy: they are black with original sin and actual transgressions; and can no more remove this blackness than the Ethiopian can change his skin (Jer.13:23). ALL people are sinners (Ps.14:1-3; 53:1-3; Rom.3:10; 23). They are idolaters, serving many lusts and pleasures and the idols of their own hearts; they are far away from GOD and CHRIST, far away from His people, His Word and His ordinances. They are enemies of GOD by their hostile, wicked works, stretching out their hands against GOD . . . but when they are called, converted and repent, they then stretch out their hands to GOD, as a gesture of their sorrow (Jer.4:31; 10:19); expressing their sorrow for sin, as committed against GOD, and because of the evil that is in it; and look to CHRIST, and stretch out their hands to Him, whom they have pierced (Zec.12:10), and Whom they mourn (Job 11:13-15). Dear one, as soon as a man is truly converted, he prays and cries to GOD for pardoning grace and mercy to be cleansed from his sin, and to be received into His family and to enjoy fellowship with Him.
*****Egypt and Ethiopia are two countries out of which subjects and petitioners were least to be expected. Princes shall come out of Egypt as ambassadors to seek GOD'S kindness and submit to Him. When a person reaches out his hands to the Gracious GOD, they shall be accepted, for the LORD of hosts shall bless them, even Ethiopia, that had stretched out her hands against GOD'S Israel (2 Chron.14:9), would now stretch out her hands to GOD, in prayer, in presents and to take hold on Him. Dear one, Almighty GOD is your worst enemy if you reject His One and Only Plan of Salvation, JESUS CHRIST (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). IF you do not agree with your Adversary; only ONE option is left . . . that being the Lake of fire (Rev.19:20; 20:15; Mat.25:41; Mk.9:43-48). Out of ALL the nations of the world, only a meager few shall be gathered (Mat.7:13-14; Jn.3:18, 36; Heb.2:3; 12:25; 1 Jn.5:10-12) in to CHRIST and be owned by Him. The LORD of hosts is found 1307 times in the Old Testament.
The Glory and Grace of God (68:32-35)
GOD is to be admired and adored with reverence and godly fear, by all that attend in His Holy places. The GOD of Israel gives strength and power to His people. Only through CHRIST strengthening us we can do all things (Phil.4:13), no other way . . . so HE must have the glory for all we do, with our humble gratitude for enabling us to do it, and for accepting the work of His Hands in us.
Psalm 68:32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah: (KJV)
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth . . . not only the Egyptian and Ethiopian kingdoms, but ALL the kingdoms of the world; which shall one day be converted to CHRIST, and become His, even the Pope, Pagan and Muslim kingdoms (Rev.11:15). These are called upon to sing songs and hymns of praise to CHRIST, for He is GOD, for redemption is only by Him, and salvation comes only by Him. http://www.godcannotlie.org/is_jesus_god.htm
O sing praises unto the Lord . . . the LORD of all, the LORD of lords, the Head of the church, and Saviour of the body; and whom those converted nations will acknowledge to be their LORD and KING; and pay their respect, and bring their tribute of praise to Him, for breaking the antichristian yokes that were upon them, and freeing them from the tyranny and bondage with which they were oppressed: this will be fulfilled in the latter day (Rev.11:1).
Selah; Selah . . . this word is found 71 times in the Book of Psalms, and 3 times in chapter 3 of the Book of Habakkuk (Hab.3:3, 9, 13). Selah means to lift up, exalt, also it is a suspension, (in music), pause. Maybe it means to pay attention, pay heed, or maybe it means: Stop, look, and listen., which is a lesson for us all. http://www.godcannotlie.org/habakkuk_ch3.htm
*****ALL the power of the rulers of Earth one day shall be gone, ALL shall be turned over to the rightful Ruler! The eternal reign of CHRIST shall one day be here, as prophesied in the Old Testament (Ex.15:18; Ps.2:2; Ps.10:16; Dan.2:44; 7:14,27; Isa.9:6-7; Zech.14:9). This will be the beginning of the end of this world as we know it, although several more things must come to pass before the final victory. When this happens. It shall be the answer to our prayer: “Thy kingdom come, thy will done.” be (Mat.6:10).
Psalm 68:33 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. (KJV)
To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, which were of old . . . Him Who manages the Heavens, directing their course and effect. He formed every planet, determined its motion, balanced its contents to the orbit in which it was to revolve, and the other bodies which belong to the same system. As a very able and skillful rider manages his horse, so does GOD manage the sun, moon, planets and all the hosts (armies) of Heaven. The heaven of heavens; the first, second, and third heavens, which were created from the beginning of time by Christ Himself (Ps.33:6; 102:25; Isa.45:12, 18; Jn.1:1-3; Eph.3:9; Col.1:16-17; Heb.1:2-3, 10-12).
First heaven is the firmament, the Earth’s Atmosphere (Gen.1:14; 7:11-12; 8:2; Deut.11:17; 28:12; Ps.78:23; Mal.3:10).
Second Heaven is the outer space, the starry heavens (Deut.17:3; Jer. 8:2; Mat.24:29).
The second heaven is the starry heavens, where our atmosphere ends. It is the heavens where the sun, moon, and stars are fixed in orbit. The stars seem endless and the distance between all of them is astounding (Ps.19:1-6; Isa.40:22; Jer.8:2).
Third Heaven is where GOD and the holy angels (and creatures) and spirits of just men dwell. It is called the heaven of heavens (Deut.10:14; 1 Ki.8:27; Ps.2:4; 115:16; 148:4). The third heaven is beyond the space and stars, where no man has seen by telescope. This Heaven is the dwelling-place of Almighty GOD (2 Cor.12:2-4), to which Paul was taken, and whose wonders he was permitted to see. This Heaven is the place where GOD dwells. It seems to me that the word paradise may describe a different feature of the third heaven (Lk.23:43; 2 Cor.12:4; Rev.2:7). http://www.godcannotlie.org/messianic_heaven_hell.html
Lo, he doth send out his voice . . . which is His Gospel, for the Gospel is the Voice of CHRIST; which He speaks by His ministers, and which His sheep (Jn.10:27-30), His people, hear and obey, and can tell from the voice of a stranger. This is a voice of love, grace and mercy; it speaks of righteousness, peace, pardon and salvation by Him, and is truly joyful and very comforting to hear. This Gospel He sent out by His apostles into all the Earth, after His ascension to Heaven; and which He has been sending out in one place or another, by His servants ever since. It shall be more so, increase greatly in the latter days.
Psalm 68:34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds. (KJV)
Ascribe ye strength unto God . . . literally means to acknowledge the MESSIAH as the GOD of power that He is. It means to recognize His power as you worship Him (Ps.29:1-2). We must declare CHRIST to be the mighty GOD, the Almighty (Jn.10:30); and give Him credit for the works of strength and power to Him: such as His creating all things (Jn.1:3); maintaining all things in their being; the redemption and preservation of His people; the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor.15:42-44, 48-54; Phil.3:21; 1 Jn.3:2). We must acknowledge Him, and exercise faith in Him for spiritual strength, and giving Him the glory for all things.
His excellency is over Israel . . . the spiritual Israel, such who are Israelites indeed (Gal.3:7-9, 26-29). Over these CHRIST’S glorious Majesty in His Kingdom rules. They are subject to Him, and acknowledge Him for their King; and among them is His Shekinah, or divine Presence. His excellency is over Israel, His majesty; His glory; His protecting care. His glorious character, His majesty is shown especially in His protection of His people. See: What is Shekinah, in Special Comments at the end of this chapter.
And his strength is in the clouds . . . His character as Protector is shown mainly in His care of His people, His power can be seen in the clouds . . . in storms, with thunder and lightning. All the displays of His character, alike in nature and toward His people, are altered to produce a deep and solemn impression in regard to His majesty and glory, and to lay the foundation of praise.
*****Because of His mighty power, we should recognize and admit Him to be a God of such irresistible power that it is stupidity to struggle with Him and wisdom to submit to Him. We must admit that He has sufficient power, both to protect His faithful subjects and to destroy His hard-headed adversaries; and we should give Him the glory of all the instances of His almighty power . . . for His is the Kingdom and power, and His is the glory. IF we are wise, we must acknowledge His power. Significant Storms: (Gen.7:11; 19:24; Ex.9:23; Deut.8:15; 11:17; 28:24; Josh.10:11; 1 Sam.7:10; 1 Ki.19:11; Mat.24:7; 27:51; 28:2; Mk.13:8; Acts 16:26; 27:17-18; Rev.6:12; 8:5, 7; 11:13, 19; 16:18, 21). Almighty GOD is completely in control of this world!
Psalm 68:35 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. (KJV)
O God, thou art terrible . . . in His judgments and acts of vengeance on the Antichrist and all anti-Christians; being the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev.5:5), He shall break them to pieces as a potter's vessel (Ps.2:9). CHRIST should be feared (reverenced) and worshipped by His people. The displays which CHRIST makes of Himself when He seems to come forth from His abode are terrible, and should fill the mind with amazement and respect (Ps.45:4; 65:5; 66:5-7).
Out of thy holy places . . . both out of Heaven, the home of His holiness, by the angels and glorified saints there (2 Cor.6:6-8); and out of all His churches, among whom He is greatly to be feared (reverenced, revered) and adored.
The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people . . . His covenant people, His Israel, which He is the GOD of. They are weak, and filled with infirmities. Only He has strength in Himself for them, and He has promised that strength to them, and He lovingly and willingly gives it to them as a pure gift and undeserved favor. This could refer to the latter days of the great degree of strength that will be given them, when such a small nation shall become a strong nation (Isaiah Ch.60). The Kingdom under the whole heaven will be given to the saints (Gal.3:26-29) of the most High (Dan.7:24-27).
Blessed be God . . . this Psalm concludes with a salutation of blessing to the MESSIAH, Who is the Almighty GOD. He is blessed for evermore and Who as Mediator (Gal.3:20; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.8:6; 9:15; 12:24), is the Promised Seed (Gen.3:15; 12:2-3; Gal.3:7, 14), in whom ALL nations were to be blessed, and one day shall be (Rev.5:12-14). The GOD whom they acknowledge as their GOD is not one whose strength fails, nor is He feeble and powerless when His help is needed. He is totally equal to all their needs, and they that trust Him shall never trust Him in vain. To our awesome GOD who is capable of all that He has promised, our everlasting praise is due, now and forever more!
*****Terrible, terribilis, from terreo, to frighten.
(1). Frightful; adapted to excite terror; dreadful; formidable. Prudent in peace, and terrible in war. The form of the image was terrible (Dan.2).
(2). Adapted to impress dread, terror or solemn awe and reverence. The LORD Thy GOD is among you, a mighty God and terrible (Deut.7). Let them praise Thy great and terrible Name, for it is holy. Ps.99. He hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen (Deut.10).
(3). adv. Severely; very; so as to give pain; as terrible cold; a colloquial phrase.
Terribleness, n. Dreadfulness; formidableness; the quality or state of being terrible; as the terribleness of a sight.
Terribly, adv. Dreadfully; in a manner to excite terror or fright. When he ariseth to shake terribly the earth (Isa.2). Violently; very greatly. The poor man cried terribly.
O God, thou art terrible . . . GOD is terrible because of the glory of His Sanctuary and the wonders He produces from there. GOD is to be admired and adored with reverence and godly fear by all those that worship Him that receive His prophecies and that observe His actions and that honor and reverence Him. He declares that He will sanctify those that come nigh unto Him. Out of Heaven, His Holy place, He is and shall show Himself a terrible GOD to all His enemies and ours! There is no quality of GOD more dreadful to sinners than His Holiness.
Because of GOD’S grace (undeserved kindness) is bestowed on His people: The GOD of Israel is He that gives strength and power to His people (Gal.3:26-29), which the gods of the nations, that were vanity and a lie, could NEVER give to them that worship them . . . how could these gods help them, when they could not help themselves? ALL Israel's strength against their enemies came from the One and Only TRUE GOD, the Creator of the Universe! All our sufficiency for our spiritual work and warfare is from the grace of GOD. It is only through CHRIST strengthening us that we can do all things (Phil.4:13), and not by any other way!
Because of this fact, CHTIST JESUS must have the glory of all we do (Ps.115:1) and He should have our humble gratitude for enabling us to do it and accepting the work of His own Hands in us. Since it is the GOD of Israel that gives strength and power to His people, Israel, they should gladly say, Blessed be GOD for IF all be from Him (JESUS the MESSIAH), let all honor and glory be to Him. Sad to say, this is not true, but the day is coming when the Jews will regret their denial and rejection of CHRIST JESUS, and they shall mourn terribly for the One whom they have pierced (Zec.12:10-11). We need to pray for Israel.
Psalm 68 prophecies Fulfilled in New Testament
#1. To give gifts to men. Psalm 68:18 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. (KJV) Fulfilled: 1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (KJV) 1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (KJV) Ephesians 4:7-16 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of CHRIST. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of CHRIST: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of CHRIST: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even CHRIST: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (KJV)
#2. Ascention into Heaven. Psalm 68:18Thou 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. (KJV) Fulfilled: Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. (KJV) Act 1:9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same JESUS, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (KJV)
PSALM 68 MESSIAH’S Ascension. (A). This Psalm is quoted by Paul in Eph.4:8-9 when listing CHRIST’s gifts to the church (68:18). (B). The stronger man rescued us from the strong man and threw him out (Luke 11:20-22; Rev 12:5-11). (C). JESUS was victorious over death, saving His people, so God gave Him spoils to distribute (Is 53:10-11; Ac 2:33).
Facts about Mountains in the Bible
#1. The devil’s capital on earth was located on a mountain before God cast Him out (Eze.28:13-16) . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_ezekiel_ch28.htm
#2. GOD chose a mountain as the place where He gave His law (Ex.3:1; 4:27; 18:5; 19:16-25; 24:9-18; Num.10:33; 1 Ki.19:8).
#3. GOD chose a mountain as the site for the earthly Temple (Gen.22:14; 2 Chron.3:1).
#4. GOD chose mountains as monuments of cursing and blessing (Deut.11:29; 27:4-13).
#5. Moses and Aaron were commanded to die on mountains (Deut.32:49-51).
#6. Mountains have always been the favorite places of refuge (Gen.14:10; 19:17,30; Mat.24:16; Heb.11:38).
#7. A mountain was the capital of Israel (1 Ki.8:1; 2 Chron.5:2).
#8. JESUS’ greatest temptations were overcome on a mountain (Mat.4:8).
#9. JESUS’ greatest sermons was preached on a mountain (Mat.ch.5-7).
#10. JESUS’ greatest prayers were prayed on mountains (Mat.14:23; Mk.6:46; 9:2).
#11. JESUS’ greatest prophecies were given on a mountain (Mat.ch.24 & 25).
#12. JESUS’ greatest revelations were given on mountains (Ex.19; Heb.8:5; Rev.21:10).
#13. CHRIST JESUS was transfigured on a mountain (Mat.17; Mk.9; Lk.9; 2 Pet.1:18).
#14. The crucifixion of CHRIST JESUS took place on a mountain (Lk.23:33; Jn.19:17).
#15. CHRIST JESUS ascended to Heaven from a mountain (Mat.28:16; Acts 1:11-12).
#16. CHRIST JESUS will make His future return to Earth on a mountain (Zec.14:1-5).
#17. A mountain will be the site of the eternal earthly capital of CHRIST JESUS (Isa.2:2-4; 11:9; 25:6-7; Mic.4:1-7; Joel 3:17; Zec.8:3).
Mountains (in alphabetical order)
Mt. Abarim . . . The name means the mountains across or beyond Jordan (Num.27:12; Deut.32:49)
Mt. Ararat . . . The mountain or mountains where Noah's ark came to rest (Gen.8:4).
Mt. Carmel . . . The scene of Elijah's sacrifice (1Ki.18:19-20; 2 Ki.2:25; 4:25). The mountain is not to be confused with the town of Carmel (1 Sam.25:2),
Mt. Ebal . . . A sacred mountain from the earliest of times, where the stones inscribed with the Law were deposited (Deut.11:29; 27:4, 13; Josh.8:30, 33).
Mt. Gerizim . . . Sacred from early times, this mountain is still the scene where the Samaritans hold the Passover (Deut.11:29; 27:12; Josh.8:33; Judg.9:7).
Mt. Gilboa . . . The scene of Saul and Jonathan's death [exact location not known] (1 Sam.31;1,8; 2 Sam.1:6; 1 Chron.10:1,8).
Mt. Gilead . . . A mountain region east of Jordan. It was the scene of the covenant between Laban and Jacob (Gen.31:21,23,25; Deut.3:12; Josh.12:5; 13:11; Judg.7:3; Song 4:1; Jer.50:19; Ob.1:19).
Mt. Hermon . . . A high mountain north of the Sea of Galilee, which could have been the scene of the Transfiguration (Deut.3;8; 4:48; Josh.11:17; 12:1,5; 13:11; 1 Chron.5:23).
Mt. Hor . . . The mountain where Aaron died [exact location not known] (Num.20:22-27; 21:4; 33:37-41; 34:7-8; 32:50)
Mt. Horeb . . . Most likely synonymous with Sinai. It was the scene of the burning bush, of the giving of the Law, and of Elijah's vision (Ex.33:6; Deut.1:2,6;1 Ki.19:8).
Mt. Lebanon . . . The central mountains of Syria, and famous as the source of timber for Solomon's Temple (Deut.1:7; Josh.11:17; 12:7; 13:5; Judg.3:3).
Mt. Moriah . . . The site of Abraham's intended sacrifice, and the mountain on which the Temple of Jerusalem was built. The Islamic Mosque of Omar resides on the site today (2 Chron. 3:1).
Mt. Nebo . . . Range of hills forming the western edge of the Moabite plateau above the Jordan (Deut.32:49).
Mt. Olivet . . . The Mount of Olives; the scene of David's flight from Absalom; of Jesus' weeping over Jerusalem; and of His Ascension (2 Sam.15:30; Zec.14:1-5; Acts 1:12)
Mt. Pisgah . . . The headland of the Nebo range from which Moses saw the Promised Land (Deut.34:1-4).
Mt. Seir . . . The land of Esau; a mountain range identified with Edom (Gen.14:6; 36:8-9; Deut.1:2; 2:1, 5; 33:2; Josh.11:17; 12:7; 15:10; 24:4; 1 Chron.4:42; 2 Chron.20:10, 22-23;
Mt. Sinai . . . The mountain where the Israelites encamped for nearly a year, and where the Law was given to Moses (Ex.19:2, 11, 18, 20; 19:23; 24:16; 31:18; 34:2,4, 29, 32; Lev.7:38; 25:1; 26:46; 27:34; Num.3:1; 28:6; Deut.33:2; Neh.9:13; Gal.4:24-25).
Mt. Tabor . . . The site of Barak's camp, some identify this mountain as the scene of the Transfiguration of Jesus (Judg.4:6,12,14).
Mt. Zion . . . The eastern hill of Jerusalem. It was the stronghold of the Jebusites, attacked by Joab, and became the site of David's palace and the Temple (2 Ki.19:31; Ps.48:2,11; 74:2; 78:68; 125:1; Isa.4:5; 8:18; 10:12, 32; 16:1; 18:7; 24:23; 29:8; 31:4; 37:32; Jer.31:6; Joel 2:32; Oba.1:17,21; Mic.4:7).
What is the Shekinah Glory?
What is Shekinah Glory? Is This In The Bible?
Glory of God, Shekinah: (Eze.1:28; 3:12, 23; 8:4; 9:3; 10:19; 11:22-23; 39:21; 43:2, 4-5; 44:4)
Jesus’s glory as God was veiled in human flesh but at times His glory, the so-called Shekinah glory, was revealed. What is the Shekinah glory of God?
What does the word “Shekinah” mean? It is not in the Bible, so why do we need to know what this word means regarding God’s Glory? The word Shekinah is from the Hebrew word “shekinot” and actually is in the Bible where God is said to “settle in” or “dwell with.” This word means where God is dwelling, settling or where His Divine Presence is. This Glory is seen when God’s glory filled the Temple and even in the wilderness where He was a light during the night and the Shekinah cloud of His Glory shaded Israel in the scorching sun of the desert. His Presence was revealed by the intense light that filled the Tabernacle, the Temple in Jerusalem and even in the Transfiguration on the Mount (Mat. 17), where Jesus shone as bright as the sun when He spoke with Moses and Elijah.
Jesus’ Glory of the Transfiguration
Jesus partially revealed His Shekinah Glory on a mountain and allowed Peter, James and John to see this awesome Glory. This is why the Apostle John said that Jesus “dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” (Jn.1:14); and that Jesus is “the light of men.” John 1:4-7 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (KJV) . . . Christ Jesus is the very essence and nature of God as light and that is part of His Shekinah Glory which was why John said “we have seen his glory.”
What about abortion?
Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (KJV) . . . No veil can hide us from GOD; not the thickest darkness. No mask can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by Him. His Eyes saw my unformed substance in my mother’s womb. And in His Book were written all the days of my life before they ever took shape, when as yet there was none of them! Have you ever really considered this?
The word for substance indicates the bottom of a ball of yarn wound up, or any small or unformed part; and means that form of matter separated in the womb, containing all the essentials of the human body, but not yet distinguished into any form or order . . . yet, even when in this state, the Eyes of the LORD see it and all its parts clearly. In the book of GOD'S wise, eternal mind, the plan of the human body was drawn, all the parts of it described, and their form, places and uses fixed, even when as yet not one of them was in actual being. But, in due time they are all exactly formed and fashioned according to the model of them in the Mind of GOD; for He has perfect knowledge of us before . . . because they were written down in a book before Him. Not only each of the members of the body were put down in this book, but each of the days in which they would be formed and come into order . . . when as yet, there was none of them. Have you ever really thought about this amazing fact? It is far too much for my mind to consider, but I know it is true.
My comment: Anyone who aborts their child, aborts this substance, yet being unperfect, is killing an innocent child and are in serious danger with Almighty GOD! BEWARE!!! . . . But, dear one, ANY sin can be forgiven if you repent.
Messianic Psalms Quoted in the New Testament
Psalms 2:1-2 Acts 4:25-28
Psalms 2:7 Acts 13:33; Heb.1:5; 5:5
Psalms 2:9 Rev. 2:26-27; 12:5; 19:15
Psalms 8:2 Mat.21:16
Psalms 8:4-6 1 Cor. 15:25-28; Heb.2:5-10
Psalms 16:8-11 Acts 2:25-32; 13:34-37
Psalms 22:1 Mat.27:46; Mark 15:34
Psalms 22:7-8 Mat.27:39, 43; Luke 23:35
Psalms 22:18 Mat.27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24
Psalms 22:22 Heb.2:11-12
Psalms 40:6-8 Heb.10:5-10
Psalms 41:9 John 13:18
Psalms 45:6-7 Heb.1:8-9
Psalms 68:18 Eph.4:8-10; Heb.4:1-4; 6:20; 8:1; 1 Pet.3:22
Psalms 69:4 John 15:25
Psalms 69:9 John 2:17, Rom. 15:3
Psalms 69:21 Mat. 27:34, John 19:28-29
Psalms 69:22-23 Rom.11:9-10
Psalms 69:25 Acts 1:20
Psalms 78:2 Mat.13:35
Psalms 78:24 John 6:31
Psalms 97:7 Heb.1:6
Psalms 102:25-27 Heb.1:10-12
Psalms 110:1 Mat.22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42; Acts 2:34; Heb.1:13
Psalms 110:4 Heb.5:6; 6:20; 7:17, 21
Psalms 118:6 Heb.13:6
Psalms 118:22-23 Mat.21:42; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Eph.2:20; 1 Pet.2:7
Psalms 118:26 Mat.21:9; 23:39; Mark 11:9; Luke 13:35,
Luke 19:38, John 12:13
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