Psalm 68 Outline
– David prayed for God to scatter his enemies (Psalm 68:1-3)
– David exhorted the people to sing praises to God’s name (Psalm 68:4-6)
– God send rains on the earth (Psalm 68:7-10)
– God determine whether a war is won or lost (Psalm 68:11-14)
– Reference to the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven (Psalm 68:15-18)
– Jesus Christ intercede for us daily (Psalm 68:19-20)
– God will crush the enemies of his people (Psalm 68:21-23)
– The procession of the ark into the tabernacle (Psalm 68:24-27)
– David prayed for God to manifest his power (Psalm 68:28-31)
– Sing praises to God and proclaim his majesty (Psalm 68:32-35)
Psalm 68 Summary
In Psalm 68:1-3, David prayed for God to arise and scatter his enemies, like smoke is being blown away by wind. He prayed that God will destroy his enemies, like wax melt before the fire. David exhorted the righteous to rejoice in God and be joyful.
In Psalm 68:4-6, David exhorted the people to sing praises to God’s name. God look after the orphans, widows, prisoners and those that are lonely. But he punish the rebellions people.
In Psalm 68:7-10, God look after the people and animals and plants by sending rain on earth. The rain makes the plants and crops grow. The animals feed on the plants and the people eat the animals.
In Psalm 68:11-14, God is the one that determine whether a king win or lose a war.
In Psalm 68:15-18, David questioned the mountains of Bashan if they are envy of the mountain of Zion, the mountain where God’s temple was situated. Psalm 68:18 has reference to the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, he led the faithful from world of the dead to heaven. In the Old Testament times, when people die, they don’t go to heaven but they go to the world of the dead.
In Psalm 68:19-20, praise be to Jesus Christ, our savior, who bears our burdens every day. Jesus Christ intercede for us to God in heaven every day. God save and provide deliverance for his people.
In Psalm 68:21-23, God will crush the hairy crowns of his enemies. In ancient times, people wear long and messy hair to make themselves look more terrible to the enemies. God will deliver his people, like how he delivered the Israelites from King Og of Bashan. He will help his people to kill so many enemies, until they can plunge their feet in their blood.
In Psalm 68:24-27, David described the procession of the ark being brought into the tabernacle has come into view. In front of the procession, there were singers, musicians and maidens playing tambourines. David exhorted the whole assembly of Israelites to praise God. The small tribe of Benjamin led the procession. The people of Judah, Zebulun and Naphtali were also present.
In Psalm 68:28-31, David prayed for God to manifest his power unto them, so that the surrounding nations will fear God, and come to pay rest to him with gifts.
In Psalm 68:32-35, sing praises to God and proclaim his majesty. God is awesome. He gives power and strength to his people.
Psalm 68 Bible Study
1. Put your hope in God
David put his hope in God and depend on him when faced with his enemies. We should put our hope in God and always trust in him in every circumstance. When you persistently pray and trust in God, God will hear and answer your prayer. In Job 11:18, and thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. In Romans 5:5, and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. In Romans 8:24, for we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? In Romans 12:12, rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. In Romans 15:13, now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. In 2 Corinthians 1:10-11, who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.