Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Title: Up With God! Down With His Enemies!
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
The overall theme of this Psalm 68 is about the triumph of God over His enemies and His ascent to His throne. A. Macul said, “This is a prayer for the Second Advent.” Psalm 68:1 “Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered;” is a direct quote from Numbers 10:35. In the book of Numbers, chapter 10 describes the departure of Israelites from Mount Sinai onward to the Promised Land. The Ark of the Covenant led the way as they marched. Numbers 10:35 “Whenever the Ark set out, Moses said, ‘Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You’.” (NKJV)
The message was clear and simple for both Moses in the wilderness, and David in the Promised Land. It is just too dangerous to go ahead anywhere without God’s leading. This type of dependency on God is also appropriate for us believers today.
Covid-19 has led us into an uncharted wilderness in our lives. There are so many uncertainties. We are daily engaged on many battle fronts. Many of us feel like losing our last defence line. We are about to cave in. We become fearful, desperate and depressed. How do we fight this seemingly unending battle? May we be reminded by Psalm 68:1-3 below.
1 Up with God! Down with his enemies! Adversaries, run for the hills!
2 Gone like a puff of smoke, like a blob of wax in the fire – one look at God and the wicked vanish.
3 When the righteous see God in action they’ll laugh, they’ll sing, they’ll laugh and sing for joy. (MSG)
May we learn to rest in God’s ability to fight these battles for us. This will show our accuser the strength of our faith. The strength of our faith is determined by the amount of faith we have in God. In the midst of our many challenges, let us practise what Paul teaches in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (TLB)
We can be thankful for what God can do in any and every situation; this gives us a sense of peace and power to face all eventualities. We need to stop fighting the battle with our own strength and abilities. By now I am sure you are exhausted and all your efforts are wasted. We need to learn from the people of God. They stood still and stood back and let God do the fighting for them. They discovered the battle was so much easier! Psalm 68:3, “When the righteous see God in action they’ll laugh, they’ll sing, they’ll laugh and sing for joy.”
The battles in our lives have robbed us of our ability to laugh, and to sing for joy. Let us exercise our faith in the Risen Saviour Jesus Christ; He is able to see us through every battle we have to face. “Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for You.” (A. W. Tozer on God’s power).
No matter what battle you are fighting today, put your trust completely in His almighty hands. He promises sweet rest in the midst of trouble. Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” (NKJV)
Prayer for Today
Rise up, O God and let Your enemies flee. Lord, our battles are raging! Teach us to put our total trust in You. Forgive us when we do not rely on Your truth, Your ability and Your strength. Remind us Lord, that the battle is Yours. Lord, many times these battles are self-created. We often want to go our own way. We fail to listen and obey Your Word. Our disobedience often blinded our eyes and stopped our ears from seeing and hearing the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Give us grace to learn to trust in You for everything each day. Your way, Lord, is always the right way and the best way. Lead us Lord, our Great Shepherd.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen
诗篇68篇的整体主题是有关上帝战胜祂的仇敌并登上祂的宝座。A.Macul说 “这是一个第二次降临的祷告。” 诗篇68:1 “愿神兴起，使祂的仇敌四散，叫那恨祂的人从祂面前逃跑。” 是一个直接从民数记10:35的引述。民数记第10章描述了以色利人离开西奈山前往应许之地，约柜在前带领他们前行。民数记10:35 “约柜往前行的时候，摩西就说：『耶和华啊，求祢兴起！愿祢的仇敌四散！愿恨祢的人从祢面前逃跑！”（和合本）
2 他们被驱逐，如烟被风吹散；如蜡被火熔化 – 看上帝一眼，恶人就消失。