Psalm 68:27-35

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by: FCC Staff

06/23/2022

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27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, 

the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 

 28  Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. 

 29  Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you. 

 30  Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.  Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. 

 31  Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. 

 32  O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah 

 33  to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 

 34  Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. 

 35  Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.  Blessed be God!”  Psalm 68:27-35

Seems unlikely. That could very well be your thought as you read today’s passage in Psalm 68. Pay special attention to this list of worshippers. “There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you. Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah.” (Psalm 68:27-32) 

Benjamin, Judah, Zebulun, Naphtali – these all make sense as peoples who would be in a procession of worship to God. Egypt, though? Cush, a.k.a. Ethiopia? These, along with many nations of the world at the time of the Psalmist, are stubbornly resistant toward God. That they would offer gifts to the Lord and recognize Him as the Lord of lords seems improbable. Add to this list modern nations like China, Afghanistan, and North Korea, who are all known to suppress the worship of God, and it seems to be even more unlikely!

Remember, though, God’s words to Isaiah the prophet, while Israel was in Babylonian captivity for covenantal unfaithfulness. “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ (Isaiah 45:22-23) There will come a time when everyone recognizes the glory of God. When that day comes, will you be glad and rejoice because you’ve responded to the gospel in faith and repentance? Or will you arrive at that reality with fear and trembling because you’ve hardened your heart to His gift of grace through Christ? 

If you’ve heard and responded to the gospel, then you must live each day in light of its truth, sharing the good news of Jesus so that others have the opportunity to enter into that saving relationship. If you have not, know that God loves you and desires for you to be in relationship with Him. Jesus died and rose again to make that relationship a possibility for you. All you must do is confess to God that you have sinned and are in need of forgiveness, turn your back on sin, and be baptized in response to His grace. Then, you move forward through life in light of that decision. If you’d like to talk to someone about that process or have questions, please message us on Facebook or call the church office at 928-726-5616. 

Prayer for today: Lord God, thank You for Your gift of grace. Thank You for loving us when we were unlovable. You are amazing, God. Give us the courage to move forward throughout our days, giving praise and honor to You. We love You, Lord. Amen. 

27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, 

the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 

 28  Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. 

 29  Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you. 

 30  Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.  Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. 

 31  Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. 

 32  O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah 

 33  to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 

 34  Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. 

 35  Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.  Blessed be God!”  Psalm 68:27-35

Seems unlikely. That could very well be your thought as you read today’s passage in Psalm 68. Pay special attention to this list of worshippers. “There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you. Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah.” (Psalm 68:27-32) 

Benjamin, Judah, Zebulun, Naphtali – these all make sense as peoples who would be in a procession of worship to God. Egypt, though? Cush, a.k.a. Ethiopia? These, along with many nations of the world at the time of the Psalmist, are stubbornly resistant toward God. That they would offer gifts to the Lord and recognize Him as the Lord of lords seems improbable. Add to this list modern nations like China, Afghanistan, and North Korea, who are all known to suppress the worship of God, and it seems to be even more unlikely!

Remember, though, God’s words to Isaiah the prophet, while Israel was in Babylonian captivity for covenantal unfaithfulness. “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ (Isaiah 45:22-23) There will come a time when everyone recognizes the glory of God. When that day comes, will you be glad and rejoice because you’ve responded to the gospel in faith and repentance? Or will you arrive at that reality with fear and trembling because you’ve hardened your heart to His gift of grace through Christ? 

If you’ve heard and responded to the gospel, then you must live each day in light of its truth, sharing the good news of Jesus so that others have the opportunity to enter into that saving relationship. If you have not, know that God loves you and desires for you to be in relationship with Him. Jesus died and rose again to make that relationship a possibility for you. All you must do is confess to God that you have sinned and are in need of forgiveness, turn your back on sin, and be baptized in response to His grace. Then, you move forward through life in light of that decision. If you’d like to talk to someone about that process or have questions, please message us on Facebook or call the church office at 928-726-5616. 

Prayer for today: Lord God, thank You for Your gift of grace. Thank You for loving us when we were unlovable. You are amazing, God. Give us the courage to move forward throughout our days, giving praise and honor to You. We love You, Lord. Amen. 

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