This message was posted back in 2012, how times flies, as I was thinking about Pentecost Sunday, this year it is in June 4, 2017. I was thinking about past Pentecost Day things, always amazing and coming soon, so this message I saw posted, is right where I was so I re- post it today.
In the Jewish ritual, the Psalm is used at Pentecost, the Anniversary of the Giving of the Law, and the Feast of Finished Harvest.... The remarkable character of the Psalm is indicated by the fact that there are no fewer than thirteen words in it which are not found elsewhere. The Pentecostal Gilt of Tongues seems needed for its full exposition. - William Kay
Psa 68:1 For the Chief Musician; A Psalm of David, a song. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; Let them also that hate him flee before him.
Psa 68:2 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.
Psa 68:3 But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God: Yea, let them rejoice with gladness.
Psa 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts; His name is Jehovah; and exult ye before him.
Psa 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, Is God in his holy habitation.
Psa 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Psa 68:7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, When thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah.
Psa 68:8 The earth trembled, The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God: Yon Sinai trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Psa 68:9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, Thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
Psa 68:10 Thy congregation dwelt therein: Thou, O God, didst prepare of thy goodness for the poor.
Psa 68:11 The Lord giveth the word: The women that publish the tidings are a great host.
Psa 68:12 Kings of armies flee, they flee; And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.
Psa 68:13 When ye lie among the sheepfolds, It is as the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her pinions with yellow gold.
Psa 68:14 When the Almighty scattered kings therein, It was as when it snoweth in Zalmon.
Psa 68:15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A high mountain is the mountain of Bashan.
Psa 68:16 Why look ye askance, ye high mountains, At the mountain which God hath desired for his abode? Yea, Jehovah will dwell in it for ever.
Psa 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the sanctuary.
Psa 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led away captives; Thou hast received gifts among men, Yea, among the rebellious also, that Jehovah God might dwell with them.
Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden, Even the God who is our salvation. Selah.
Psa 68:20 God is unto us a God of deliverances; And unto Jehovah the Lord belongeth escape from death.
Psa 68:21 But God will smite through the head of his enemies, The hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.
Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring them again from the depths of the sea;
Psa 68:23 That thou mayest crush them, dipping thy foot in blood, That the tongue of thy dogs may have its portion from thine enemies.
Psa 68:24 They have seen thy goings, O God, Even the goings of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
Psa 68:25 The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, In the midst of the damsels playing with timbrels.
Psa 68:26 Bless ye God in the congregations, Even the Lord, ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
Psa 68:27 There is little Benjamin their ruler, The princes of Judah and their council, The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
Psa 68:28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
Psa 68:29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem Kings shall bring presents unto thee.
Psa 68:30 Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples, Trampling under foot the pieces of silver: He hath scattered the peoples that delight in war.
Psa 68:31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall haste to stretch out her hands unto God.
Psa 68:32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; Oh sing praises unto the Lord; Selah.
Psa 68:33 To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, which are of old; Lo, he uttereth his voice, a mighty voice.
Psa 68:34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: His excellency is over Israel, And his strength is in the skies.
Psa 68:35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: The God of Israel, he giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
As I was reading this ps. and studying it, I was overcome by the many revelations contained in it. It is filled with practical applications. The fact the Jews read, sang This Ps. On the feast of Pentecost gives it a more spiritual meaning, as in the N.T. It in part was fulfilled.
Spurgen says so many grand things a bought the psalm I will defer to his words in this post as I could not say it any better. What a mighty Lord we serve. It contains much comfort, hope and revelation as you will see. At The end I will share some ending words about revival and spiritual warfare.
Title. - To the Chief Musician, a Psalm or Song of David. - We have already said enough Upon this title when dealing with Psa_65:1-13 and 66. The present is obviously a gong to besting at the removal of the ark; and in all probability was rehearsed when David conducted it with holy joy from the house Obed-edom to the prepared place on Mount Zion. It is a most soul stirring hymn. The first verses were often the battle-song of the Covenanters and Ironsides; and the whole Psalm fitly pictures the way of the Lord Jesus among his saints, and his ascent to glory. The Psalm is at once surpassingly excellent and difficult. Its darkness in some stanzas is utterly impenetrable. Well does a German critic speak of it as a Titan very hard to master. Our slender scholarship has utterly failed us, and we have had to follow a surer Guide. We trust our thoughts may not however prove unprofitable.
Division. - With the words of the Psa_68:1-2 the ark is uplifted, and the procession begins to move. In Psa_68:3-6, the godly in the assembly are exhorted to commence their joyous songs, and arguments are adduced to help their joy. Then the glorious march of Jehovah in the wilderness is sung: Psa_68:7-10, and his victories in war are celebrated in Psa_68:11-14. The joyous shouts are louder as Zion Comes in sight, and the ark is borne up the hill: Psa_68:15-19. On the summit of the mount the priests sing a hymn concerning the Lord's goodness and justice; the safety of his friends, and ruin of his foes; Psa_68:20-23. Meanwhile the procession is described as it winds up the hill; Psa_68:24-27. The poet anticipates a time of wider conquest, Psa_68:28-31 : and concludes with a noble burst of song unto Jehovah.
Psa_68:1, Psa_68:2. - First. The church of God ever had, and will have, enemies and haters; for against these doth the Psalmist arm himself and the church with this prayer.
Secondly. The church's enemies are God's enemies; they that hate the church, hate God. “Thine enemies, them that hate thee.”
Thirdly. God sometimes seems to sleep or lie still, and let these enemies and haters do what they will for a season. This, also, is implied: he to whom we say, “Arise,” is either asleep or lies still.
Fourthly. There is a time when God will arise.
Fifthly. God's rising time is the enemies' scattering time, his haters' flying time.
Sixthly. It is the duty of God's people to pray him up when he seems to be down, and to exalt him in their praises when he doth arise to their rescue and redemption;
Psa_68:1-3. - Prayer for the Second Advent.
I. The name that inspires the song: “Jah.”
II. The song inspired by that name.
1. Of exultation.
2. Of confidence.
3. Of joy. - R. R.
Psa_68:6. - Comparison of churches to families.
Psa_68:7, Psa_68:8. -
I. God has his seasons for delivering his people from their troubles “When thou,” etc.
II. His deliverance is complete: “The earth shook.” etc.; all things gave way before him.
III. The deliverance is greater for the delay.
I. God's mercy compared to a shower.
1. It is direct from heaven; not through priests.
2. It is pure and unmixed.
3. No one has a monopoly of it.
4. There is no substitute for it.
5. It is sovereignly dispensed, as to
(3) manner; and
6. It works efficiently. Isa_60:10.
7. Prayer can get it.
Note what mighty words an mat we all heed these wise words, real deep stuff and full of revelation
II. There are seasons when these showers fall.
1. In the house of God.
2. In the means of grace.
3. In prayer.
4. In affliction.
5. When saints are weary
(1) through working;
(2) through sickness;
(3) through non-success.
6. By the Holy Spirit refreshing the heart.
Note We as saints do get weary, in working, sickness and by non-success, but note, the Holy Spirit Refreshes the heart, He is our comforter.
Psa_68:10 (second clause). - Special goodness, for a special people, specially prepared.
Psa_68:10 (second clause). - It is spoken in reference to the “poor,” because,
I. They are the larger mass of mankind; and whatever pride may think, in the eye of reason, policy, and revelation, by far the most important, useful, and necessary part.
II. They would be more peculiarly affected by deficiency.
To encourage those in humble and trying life to depend upon him.
1. To penitence and pardon.
2. To depravity and regeneration.
3. To affliction and recovery.
4. To desertion and consolation.
5. To death and glory.
When? In answer to his people's faith and prayer.
1. Without noise, gently: as the fall of snow.
2. Without human aid as untrodden snow.
3. Without violence: “all bloodless lay the untrodden snow.”
At Sinai demanded obedience, in Zion bestows gifts.
In Sinai spoke terror, in Zion receives gifts for the rebellious.
In Sinai appeared for a short season, in Zion dwells for ever. - G. R.
I. The load of benefits.
II. The load of obligation.
III. The load of praise due in return.
I. Salvation is not to be forgotten in the midst of daily mercies.
II. Daily mercies are not to be forgotten in the enjoyment of salvation. -
Psa_68:30, Psa_68:31. -
I. Hindrances to the progress of divine truth.
1. Idolatry. Worship of the crocodile - “beasts of the reeds,” (70) - of bulls and calves, as in Egypt.
Idolatry, Covetousness, War, these are three good solid reasons in this ps. why America and the apostates are under Judgment.
The means for their removal. Prayer and the divine “rebuke.” “Scatter thou,” etc.
Today I was feeling the battle, the fiery darts; I simply put on the amour of the lord, triple thick and said. Demons the lord rebuke you get out, as the proper method of rebuking. I taught on this before, see Jude for my point. And that post proper biblical rebuking of the devil, a needful study.
I have been under revival, but revival also stirs the hornets nest, the devil hates when the lords people praise in the storms of life, in hardships, and the glory falls, right after sometimes, I mean right after, a praise time and the presence of Pentecost, you can find your self tempted, harassed, oppressed and the like, spiritual warfare never ends until we are in glory. A revival, an outpouring does many wonderful things, but it does not exempt the saint from much prayer, and the need to still be on your watching post against the scams of the enemy, and your flesh.
This has been a battle and a revival, a true revival will have both in it, if not, you are not disrupting Satan’s kingdom and plan, he marvels at the fact many remnant ones in the power of Pentecost have not crumbled, we have the power of the lord to match every assault, we are given heavenly weapons , may we use them today as we are blessed and in battle at the same time. It is a wonder; it is a fact, and so put on your holy armor and battle on, in the power and presence of our king.