(Part 2 of 2)
Psalm 68:3-4… Seven positive things come with God’s arising. “But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him” (KJV). When God arises, you must respond.
a) Let the righteous be glad… i.e., joyful, merry. God is saying, “Now listen: when I arise, respond joyfully” (put off your “vinegar face”).
b) Let them rejoice before God… The word for “rejoice” here means “to leap for joy.” Psalm 149:3 exhorts us to dance. When God arises, there comes into your heart a leaping spirit. Our physical bodies want to express the joy of our spirits.
c) Let them exceedingly rejoice… The word exceedingly” refers to being bright and cheerful as opposed to having an air of doom and gloom. When God arises, brighten up.
d) Sing unto God. Vocalize… Sing and make melody in your heart (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
e) Sing praises to His name…1 Chronicles 25:1 teaches that we are to prophesy with harps and other musical instruments. Sing praise to His name. His name is His character or nature and identifies what He does (Savior, healer, etc).
f) Extol Him that rideth upon the heavens by His name JAH… “Extol” means “to magnify, lift Him up, bring Him closer.” A magnifying glass does this. It zeros in on a subject, brings out a specific focus, and brings things up close.
g) And rejoice before Him… i.e., re-joy. Do it over and over. Be triumphant. Be released. Don’t space out during worship.
Psalm 68:5-6… The results of God’s rising… “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land” (KJV). These two verses tell of God’s ministry, love, mercy, compassion, loving-kindness, and care. When God arises in the sanctuary, He meets your needs. He does it in His holy habitation–that’s you! That’s the church. He also deals with loneliness and puts you in a family setting. There are people who are locked up, unable to find release. God wants to take care of that. He will bring you out of your shell. “The rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Those who resist God are never refreshed…
Psalm 68:7-24… Other things that happen when God arises. Verses 7-8… the earth shakes; i.e., trembles with fear. Verses 10-11… the poor receive God’s goodness, and a great company of woman published it; i.e., testified and spread the word. Verses 12-14… God scattered kings and the spoils were divided among the people. Verses 15-16… The hills leaped because they desired God to live among them. Verses 18-19… The people that had been captive were released and grace gifts were given (Ephesians 4:1-11). Verses 23-24 tells us that the enemy saw God in His awesome power.
You are awesome, O God, in Your sanctuary. Awesome in power, awesome in Your works, and awesome in Your goings. There is no adversary that can withstand God when God arises. Are you hurting? Reach out and touch Him. Reach out in faith. Quit swerving (Joshua 1:7, Proverbs 4:27, Isaiah 30:21). Let God arise within you today.
Pastor George Belobaba
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