Morning devotion: Read Psalm 68

Psalms 68:1  ¶<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.>> Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. 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. 3  But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. 4  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. 5  A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 6  God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

If you will, picture with me the Ark of the Testimony being born by the Levitical priest. The Ark would be covered with the vail (the curtain that hung between the holy place and the holy of holies) and then badger’s skins and then a beautiful cloth of royal blue. When this Ark was moved, there would be a procession and a joyful song would resonate from the people doing the work. It would be a song of praise to God and a song of the power and righteousness of the LORD. WOW!

They would sing, Let God arise and let the enemies of God be scattered and melted away. Let the true believer rejoice before the Lord God and sing praises to his name for it is God that reigns and rules. It is God that is the judge of the fatherless and the widows. It is God that judges from the very realms of heaven.

It is God that establishes the good families and makes them firm and solid in their stance with him. It is God that delivers those bound by the chains of sin and give them freedom in Christ Jesus. It is God that does these things. Praise the Lord!

I am reminded of the song by Ron Hamilton, Calvary’s Blood. “I carried a burden, a staggering weight, and struggled for freedom but could not escape. I trembled and cried at the thought of my fate – What must I do to be saved? I desperately searched for release from my pain but found that man’s wisdom was useless and vain. Is there not a power that can break every chain? What must I do to be saved?”

Refrain: “Jesus blood flows from calvary breaking Satan’s power setting captives free. Greatest gift of the greatest love – Heaven paid the price with Calvary’s blood. Heaven paid the price with Calvary’s blood.”

Yes, my friend, we as Christians have something to rejoice about. We have a great and loving God who breaks our chains of sin with the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. We rejoice with the Old Testament Saints who carried the Ark of the covenant and praise our powerful living God.

While the wicked are removed as smoke in the wind and as the wax that melts, we remain forever in the love and care of Jesus. That is something to sing about.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook