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Psalm 68

November 13, 2008

This morning I was reading Psalm 68 (Exurgat Deus) and the following are those sections that really jumped out at me.

O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name : magnify him that rideth upon the heavens, as it were upon an horse; praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.

O God, when thou wentest forth before the people : when thou wentest through the wilderness; The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God : even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.

Why hop ye so, ye high hills? this is God’s hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell : yea, the Lord will abide in it for ever. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels : and the Lord is among them, as in the holy place of Sinai.

Praised be the Lord daily : even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us. He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation : God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.

It is well seen, O God, how thou goest : how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary. The singers go before, the minstrels follow after : in the midst are the damsels playing with the timbrels.

Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth : O sing praises unto the Lord; Who sitteth in the heavens over all from the beginning : lo, he doth send out his voice, yea, and that a mighty voice. Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel : his worship and strength is in the clouds. O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places : even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people; blessed be God.

John Brown of Haddington writes

Perhaps this psalm was composed on the same occasion as the 24th and 47th, when David brought up the ark of God to that tabernacle, which he had pitched for it in Zion, 2 Sam. 6. We have in it, (1.) Fervent supplications that God would scatter and defeat the projects of his enemies, ver. 1-2. (2.) High praises to God for his infinite greatness and grace; his righteous relieving of the afflicted and oppressed; his directing of Israel in the Arabian desert; his manifesting of his glory at Sinai; his comfortable providing for his people in the wilderness, and in Canaan, ver. 3-10; and for his easy conquest of their Canaanitish enemies; his fixing his temple on mount Zion; for the ascension of Christ to glory, to receive gifts for men; and for the spread of the gospel among Jews and Gentiles, by means of the apostles; while the obstinate Jews are severely punished, ver. 11-32; and, in fine, for his superior dominion; his awful majesty; his mighty power; for the glory of his sanctuary, and the grace he bestows upon his people, ver. 33-35.

He goes on to apply this saying,

While I sing, let me behold, let me admire, what God is, and hath done for, and to my soul, and to the church of God, of which I am a member. Let me behold what God hath done, in instances unnumbered, in prosecution of the covenant he made with his eternal Son.

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  1. November 13, 2008 8:52 pm

    Why hop ye so, ye high hills? – lovely turn of phrase!
    We had long discussions of this psalm last year.

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