Sunday, February 18, 2018

Psalm 68:4-6 NIV 2011

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

 

One commentator wrote of David’s three verses, “A call to praise God for the benevolence of his rule.” David’s song of Praise in 2 Samuel 22 ended with similar words in verse 50, “Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.” He used beautiful words describing God’s greatness in 68:33, “to him who rides across the highest heavens…” God defends the powerless and gives a new family to those without and something He did for Naomi in Ruth 4:14. God is mighty and worthy to be praised.

 

I found Psalm 68 in the fall of 1983. It was during my first BSF study of Matthew. Thumbing through my black RSV searching for a Scripture, I stumbled upon it, reading through it and thinking, “This is the God I worship. He rides across the highest heavens to my rescue daily.” He went before me, bearing my burdens. The God of David is my God. My church is my extended family. Our God is mighty and worthy of praise.

 

How has God recused you today?

 

Praising God together,

S

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