These days, a good portion of those in the body of Christ are quick to whip out their Bibles to read Psalm 91 just because someone on the internet said it was a sure defense against viruses (or something to that effect). I can see how it makes us feel better, but I don’t see how placing a Psalm over the rest of the Living Word is worth any of our time.
Here’s a thought. Instead of speaking it out to expect results, why don’t we go through it and see what results were already in effect?
I say that in this particular case because apparently, while we read how in Psalm 91, ‘We will see with our eyes the punishment of the wicked’, the latter parts of Psalm 68 tell us how the wicked would also see how we have been rescued.
Christ is our Victor, and we join Him in His procession of victory as those He has saved, new creations, made alive as He is alive. We join the hosts of those who have gone before us, and we join in singing and dancing and playing of the harp.
The enemy is soundly and absolutely defeated. Not only rendered powerless but raised ‘from the water’ to be beaten in blood again. The enemy has been stripped of all power, and that which he has, even that was taken away from him. He laughed while the Savior’s garments were being gambled over in His sight, at the foot of the cross. Now, even the silver he has left has been seized from him.
We shall only see with our eyes, the punishment of the wicked. Consequently, Christ prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemy. We will feast and celebrate in front of them.
Out of fear, we underestimate the enemy, and we are quick to whip out the Bible like a tool, a book of incantations. Brothers and sisters, it should not be so! The Scriptures point to Life, and they point away from Death! All of the Bible is a constant reminder of our Savior and His finished work.
Let’s keep bearing this quarantine, knowing that the Word is faithful and true for us, no matter what! -JB
“A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan, a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.
The chariots of God are 20,000, even thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts (from them) among men, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.”– Psalm 68:15-18
Again, I’ve needed to read the ESV and the corresponding verses again: It points out that Zion is the mountain “God desires to dwell in”, and that “a mountain of many peaks” is also a “hunchbacked” mountain.
Christ’s ascension after His resurrection is implied. He is the Lord of Hosts, the God of angel armies, Commander of thousands of thousands of chariots. He has captives and gifts/spoils from His victory.
Christ said He goes to prepare a place for us; and surely we were the dwelling places. For, as an exchange, He ascended into eternity, that we would dwell in Him, and His Spirit descended upon us, that He would dwell in us. God and Man, reconciled, Creation saved in the Creator, on earth as it is in Heaven.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! (Selah)
Our God is the God of Salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”– Psalm 68:19-20
“But God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the one who still goes on his trespasses.
The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, that your feet may crush them in blood, and the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
They have seen Your procession, o God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were maidens playing timbrels.
Bless God in the congregation, the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. There is little Benjamin, their leader, the princes of Judah and their company, the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
Your God has commanded Your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us. Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will being presents to You.
Rebuke the beasts of the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the people, till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; oh, sing praises to the Lord, (Selah) To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds. O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!”– Psalm 68:21-35
It is finished. The war is over. The enemy has been utterly defeated. His power is scattered, coming in one direction and fleeing in seven directions; submerged, only to be fished out and beaten again and again, that even the dogs would have their fill. Even the silver that they have will be taken away from them. We say in Psalm 91, that we would only watch and see the punishment of the wicked; but we also see that this humiliated enemy would see the ascension of the victorious, in all its full splendor.
Songs will be sung, instruments played, the congregations and their tribes and leaders rejoice, as kings and envoys join in the triumph, giving gifts and tributes, stretching out their hands to God!
The God is Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. God is awesome, more awesome than His holy places. His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds… He rides of the heaven of heavens, and with a mighty voice, He commands Your strength! He strengthens what He has done for us!
Blessed be God! Oh, sing to God, You Kingdoms of the earth; Blessed be the LORD, who daily loads us with benefits! Blessed be God, the God of salvation, the God of our salvation!