1 God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!
2 As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God!
3 But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!
5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
6 God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9 Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad; you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10 your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
11 The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host:
12 “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!” The women at home divide the spoil—
13 though you men lie among the sheepfolds—the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with shimmering gold.
14 When the Almighty scatters kings there, let snow fall on Zalmon. Psalm 68:1-14
If you ask me what my most prized possession was as a child, without hesitation, I would say my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I spent my entire life, up to that point (7 whole years!), collecting each turtle and their variations, villains, vehicles, etc. I still remember the overwhelming elation of opening Shredder’s “Technodrome” on one of my birthdays. I can recall unwrapping the vibrant green and orange box of the “Turtle Wagon” on a Christmas morning. I also remember losing the entire collection, my prized possessions, at a hotel pool on a family vacation in France. A moment of forgetfulness coupled with my powerlessness was the end. I couldn’t protect what was most important to me.
In growing older, I’ve come to realize that there are indeed more important things than Ninja Turtles. There are people in my life that fill my heart more than any piece of plastic ever could. This has produced in me a significant awe of our God. He not only loves His prized possessions, but He can, and does, protect them. God’s people are those possessions; He goes to eternal lengths to protect them. The Psalmist seems to understand this intimately. “Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” (Psalm 68:4-6)
Although Psalm 68 is most likely a collection of fragments of many poems and songs, a medley of sorts, with a broad variety of subject matter, difficulties with syntax, and the inclusion of unique words – it is unified in purpose. The Lord is a God of awesome power and goodness. No matter what life throws at us, or what pool of sin we stumble into, our God is great enough to secure our eternity and bless our lives. This is cause for continual celebration!
Let us live each day in celebration of what God does in us and through us. Consider the goodness that He has channeled into your life and make a concerted effort to remember it for the future. Our God is big and powerful; He pursues and protects His people – you and me.
Prayer for Today: Father God, thank You for making the way for us to be your people. Help us to honor You and share Your goodness with those around us. Help us to remember Your incredible deeds in the moments we struggle. Thank You for the value You put on our lives. Amen.