THE PSALMS

Chapter 68

"A Psalm or Song of David."

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Psalms 68:1 "Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: Let them also that hate Him flee before Him."

In that day, God's enemies shall be scattered and flee from before the Lord, all will worship Jesus Christ or they just will not be around.

Psalms 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."

When our Lord returns to this earth, there shall be no wicked in the presence of God, of Jesus Christ in his kingdom of the Millennium age. Every knee shall bow, or those knees will be in a holding place held for final judgment after the thousand years of Christ's kingdom here on earth. "Our God is a consuming fire." And the wicked shall follow Satan into the lake of fire to be turned to ashes right along with him. However His Holy Spirit will warm your heart when you love and trust Him, and that same Spirit will melt the wicked's soul into extinction. Jesus warned us in Matthew 10: 26-28 what to fear, and what not to fear.

Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Psalms 68:3 "But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: Yea, let them exceedingly rejoice."

"Let your love be shown before God", Where? "Before God!" Let your love be shown in the presence and area that you are in. We are looking forward to that time of the Millennium age, when our Lord will be with us, and we can stand before Jesus the Christ and rejoice exceedingly in His love. That is judgment to the elect. Sure judgment to many will be to burn to ashes, but to those that love Him, judgment is rewards and being exceedingly glad before God.

Psalms 68:4 "Sing unto God, Sing praises to His name: Extol Him That rideth upon the heavens by His name JAH, and rejoice before Him."

That is what we sing praises to, "The Name of Jesus." The name of God in the manuscripts is "YAH", not "JAH" as given here. So what does YAH mean? JAH, going to the Strong's Hebrew Dictionary #3050, and takes us to the prime, #3068 "Yehovah", or YHVH. It means "self existent or eternal". When Moses asked God, "When I come to the Children of Israel, and they say to me, "What is His name?" God replied in Exodus 3:14 "And God said unto Moses, "I AM THAT I AM", and in the Hebrew text "`ehyeh `asher, `ehyeh" [I will be what I will be, Yehovah, "YHVH" without the vowels for there are no vowels in the Hebrew]. This is detailed in the footnotes of the Companion Bible, page 76, of Exodus 3:14.

God is pleading with you to come to him right where you are, for you don't need a emotional call with a large audience to come to Him, you just talk to Him right where you are. Father hears you, and His Son Jesus Christ has paid the price for you to come to Him in Jesus' name, for under the name of Jesus is the only way to the Father for repentance and eternal life. Tell Father that you love Him, and to forgive you of all sin and put a new life in you, that of His Spirit. He will do that, and do it all in Jesus name. Sure emotions may get into it, but all you need is to talk to him like you would a person standing next to you. He hears you and reads the thoughts of your mind. Our Heavenly Father loves you and He deserves your praise, for He created your very soul.

Psalms 68:5 "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation."

YAH our Heavenly Father is a father to the fatherless, and a helper and advocate to the widow even while He is in heaven. He doesn't have to be here on earth physically to look out for their well being, for our Father sees all that is going on. He knows when one little bird falls to the earth, and he can read our minds right there in His holy habitation in heaven. If anyone has done wrong to the widows, God will see that they will get their just due.

Psalms 68:6 "God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out those which are bound with chains: But the rebellious dwell in a dry land."

God put you in the family that you are in, and are you lonely in that family? Do those in your family not understand you when you tell them the things of God and how precious He is to you? If you do, then God is saying that He joins you into another family, a family of God. One that enjoys studying His Word, and through your studies of His Word, He sets you from the bounds and chains of the traditions of men. He sets you free from His Word. However those that are rebellious and find pleasure in chasing after the traditions of men and false doctrine, God will leave in that "dry land" of deception. If you want to go against God's Word and follow the traditional thoughts of men, God will not stop you. He will pull His Spirit from you and allow you to head off into any direction you please. Sure man will redefine the terms of the bible to their own liking, but that doesn't change the fact that they will be lost in their own sins.

Psalms 68:7 "O God, when Thou wentest forth before Thy People, When Thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:"

This verse is speaking of the time when the Children were coming out of the captivity of Egypt. Our people would go up to the ark and look upon the things within the ark that reminded them of those times that God was with them and brought them through their troubles. This Selah then connects this time with all the other wonderful things that God has done for His people, and asks you to stop and meditate on those many times that God has worked on our behalf.

Psalms 68:8 "The earth shook, The heavens also dropped at the presence of God: Even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel."

This verse is a direct quote from the song of Debra, the Judge of Israel, that lead the armies of Israel when no one would take a stand. This is recorded in Judges 5:4, 5; "Lord, when Thou wentest out of Seir, When Thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, The earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, The clouds also dropped water." [4] "The mountains melted from before the Lord, Even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel." [5]

So at Seir, or Sinai, God came to Moses and gave him that laws and commandments that we are to follow.

Psalms 68:9 "Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby Thou didst confirm Thine inheritance when it was weary."

This "plentiful rain" that God gave to Moses was the law, and it was suppose to be good for us. God gave us His tabernacle and the way of approaching Him. He gave us the means to find him and be directed by Him through His holy Word. The way that God gave Moses is the way that we find Him today, through our repentance through blood sacrifices. God also provided His only begotten Son to replace, or fulfill the blood sacrifices of bulls, goats and sheep that was required under the laws of Moses. It is through that way by the leading of the Holy Spirit of God that God draws you near unto Him. That is the inheritance that we have when the way grows weary. Even in the time of the Millennium age, God's elect will have not inheritance in the land, for God is their inheritance. Those things that are God's are ours, for it is eternal.

Psalms 68:10 "Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: Thou, O God, hast prepared of Thy goodness for the poor."

Most of the poor have overlooked their riches that they have in all the promises of God from His holy Word. All their riches are recorded in His Word and just as God worked those miracles for our forefathers, He will do for us, when we are in His will and ask Him for that help. Most people today are lost and wandering in their spiritually dry and fruitless land, with no spiritual water to sustain themselves. They have no direction, nor knowledge of how to approach the Father for His help. We know that God prepares the way first, then he sets the instructions as to how to follow. He opened the sea first, then gave the pillar of fire to give the light and direction to follow.

Psalms 68:11 "The Lord gave the word: Great was the company of those that published it."

The Lord gave the Word to the prophets, and great was the host or army of spiritual warriors that have and will publish it. The word "Lord" as given here "was changed by the Kenite Sopherim from YHVH to Adonai." As laid out in the Companion bible. This was just one of 134 places in the scriptures that these Kenite Sopherim scribes tried to take the deity of our Heavenly Father and reduce him to nothing more than common man with a lordship.

"Great was the army that published it", Picture in your mind the army of Israel coming home from battle after they had the victory over their enemy. They have the victory and with the victory comes the spoils of that battle. The wealth of the enemy, and this is where the woman's part in this song came in, for these women begin to sing as the song told of the victories and the spoils that are with them. They took great pride in their kin that went to battle and did so well.

However the victory that we have to sing of is in the Victory of Christ that we have through the cross. Those that publish that victory are the bride of Christ. In that battle the enemy Satan was defeated and the spoils of that war are our and we read of those things that we have in His Word.

Psalms 68:12 "Kings of armies did flee apace: And she that tarried at home divided the spoil."

"Kings of armies" should read "The women of the sheepfold", as given in the earily manuscripts. It is easier to understand what is given here. The women are those of the bride of Christ, and the sheepfold is where they reside.

Psalms 68:13 "Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be As the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold."

This loses a great deal in the translation, for what it is saying is; "it doesn't meant that they are laying in a pot, but take pleasure in filthy things. It had to do with the brick kills where they dried the bricks for the Pharaoh. Though they were there, and entrapped in their bondage for those centuries of time, They were the actual jewels and wealth of our Father. When God delivered the Children of Israel out of Egypt, they carried the silver and gold with them, and He will deliver us from the troubles of this world just as He delivered them. So God is telling us that just as it happen them, it shall happen again.

Psalms 68:14 "When the Almighty scattered kings in it, It was white as snow in Salman."

Lets put this as the manuscripts read. "When Almighty God scatters kings that are enemies to our people, it appears as it does when a heavy snow comes on mount Salman." That's the way that the enemy falls when God scatters them. Their bodies giving the appearance of a blanket of snow, as God corrects at the time of His coming at the seventh trumpet.

Psalms 68:15 "The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; An high hill as the hill of Bashan."

"The hill of God [har ha`elohim] is fruitful", and it reads that all the hills stand in envy of mount Zion. This is what it is talking about here. This "hill of God" is also used in Ezekiel 28:16, called "the Mountain of God" when God said to Satan, the cherub that was suppose to be the one that covereth, but turned against God; "I will destroy thee, O covering Cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire." Satan's envy and pride cause him to fall from that position, to the sinful state that he became in the world that was. His pride was in himself, and not our Heavenly Father, nor the mercy seat. Satan will cast from (har ha`elohim) "the mountain of God", from mount Zion when Christ returns and put into the pit, until the end time, when he will be released for a short season before he is turned into ashes. In the "hill of God", notice that in the "har ha`elohim", God included His children.

Psalms 68:16 "Why leap ye, ye high hills: This is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; Yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever."

Why do you stand there looking in envy, for the other hills look to mount Zion in Envy. Why? Because God desireth to dwell on that holy hill for eternity: and He shall for ever and ever. The time is coming when the entire Godhead defacto, will be here on earth, and reigning from mount Zion. This time comes at the end of the Millennium age of Christ's kingdom here on earth.

Psalms 68:17 "The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place."

The reference to this future coming is Exodus 3:5, 6; that time when Moses went up on mount Siani, and the YHVY Father said unto him; "And He said, "Draw not high hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." [5] "Moreover He siad, "I am" the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." and Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." [6]

Then God gave to Moses the Laws and commandments that we hold so dear from the Word of God. Those same chariots that came with God then will come again what our Lord Returns to set up his kingdom here on mount Zion: That same force of chariots are present when help is needed, but you cannot see them. The chariots of God are very real.

Psalms 68:18 "Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; Yea, for the rebellious also, that THE LORD God might dwell among them."

God is telling you that He will take your heart captive, He will save you and draw you to Himself. The gift that would be received for all men is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Begotten of the Father. He was born of the Virgin Mary and dwelt among men in his flesh body.

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

One of Jesus names was "Emmanuel", meaning "God with you". After the crucifixion Jesus arose from the dead and in 50 days, ascended to the Father in heaven. Jesus Christ is not in the grave, but He is on high, at the right hand of the Father as our advocate before the throne of God. Our Lord will return to this earth and make his enemies His foot stool, and those that are tried and tested in the fire of life and prove themselves worthy will be used in that time. This eighteenth verse has to do with Christ's ascension.

Psalms 68:19 "Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, Even THE GOD of our salvation. Selah."

This is a promise to you and I as we live our every day life. We can expect many loaded benefits daily coming our way when we are in Christ, and following His Way and studying His Word. Even THE GOD of our Salvation, is Jesus Christ, the God that died for our sins, that the price could be paid for our sins to give us eternal life. Then "Selah", stop for a moment and think of what has just been said. Meditate on what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for you. This Selah will connect that sacrifice that Christ made for us, with the "salvation" that is offered to every soul that will accept it through repentance, and believe on His name. We will see the price paid for in verse 20, and the victory coming in verse 21.

Psalms 68:20 "He that is our God is the God of salvation; And unto God the Lord belong the issues from death."

There is no other God that can save, only one, and He is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ escaped from those issues of death. The moment that Jesus left this flesh life and entered into Hades, He was preaching to those that were held captive, and He set those captives free. Then He received them into the captivity of Almighty God.

I Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the Spirit."

I Peter 3:19 "By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison,"

I Peter 3:20 "Which sometimes were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water."

At His death, Jesus went and preached to those soul that were imprisoned from the very beginning, and gave them the same opportunity that you have to be saved. Jesus paid the price in full, and now it is up to you to accept it or reject that gift that God is offering to you. He cared for you, but He also gave you the right to accept that eternal life or refuse that gift.

Psalms 68:21 "But God shall wound the head of His enemies, And the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses."

God is going to destroy all those that refuse that gift that is offered in the prior verse. Those that fine pleasure in the things of this world, and the sins of their lives are going to be destroyed.

Psalms 68:22 "The Lord said, "I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring My people again from the depths of the sea:"

"Bashan" again means "fruitful". As this is worded it is a mistranslation. Note that in the King James version, "My people" are in italics. This should read, "I will bring My enemies again from the depths of the deep."

Psalms 68:23 "That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, And the tongue of thy dogs in the same."

"The Elect's foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies," is symbolically speaking. This is spoken of in prophecy in Isaiah 63:3,4; and Revelation 19:13.

Isaiah 63:3, 4 "I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment." [3] "For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come." [4]

Revelation 19:13 "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God."

At the sounding of the seventh trump, God is going to destroy all of our enemies. That is why the term "My people", is not correct, for God will not destroy those that Love Him, for He loves each of them.

Psalms 68:24 "They have seen Thy goings, O God; Even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary."

At the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, every soul living on the face of the earth will se my God, Jesus the Christ, in His sanctuary on mount Zion. Every knee will bow to him, and they will see the reality of their wickedness and wish the mountains to fall on themselves.

Psalms 68:25 "The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; Among them were the damsels playing with timbrels."

This verse refers to the women's part in verse thirteen. This again was always sung on Passover, and it was sung to the honor to the price of the Lamb that was sacrificed and slain on the Passover.

Psalms 68:26 "Bless ye God in the congregation, Even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel."

God changed Abram's name to Abraham, meaning the father of many nations. The fountain of Israel is Abraham, the one that God gave the Promises to back in Genesis 15. Those promises were of a seed, and the Land and a blessing. Those promises extend on down to our generation, in these end times. Those promises are extended even to the ethnos, those of the Gentile nations, through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalms 68:27 "There is little Benjamin with their ruler, The princes of Juda and their council, The princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali."

God is showing us the complete layout of all the tribes of Israel, with the two tribes to the extreme north. Then here we have the two tribes to the extreme south, in the land of Judah. This means that your eyes look over all of Israel as you look upon the breastplate of Aaron, from the the least of the tribes, and last on the jasper stone of Aaron's breastplate, to the first stone in the foundations as laid out in Revelation 21:19, 20.

Revelation 21:19, 20 "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was Jasper; The second, Sapphire; The third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;" [19] "The fifth, Sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eight, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst." [20]

The first stone in that line on the breastplate was assigned to Benjamin, as you look our over the lay out of the Millennium temple.

Psalms 68:28 "Thy God hath commanded thy strength: Strengthen, O God, that which Thou hast wrought for us."

And He shall.

Psalms 68:29 "Because of Thy temple at Jerusalem Shall kings bring presents unto Thee."

This is in reference to Revelation 21, that time after the great white throne Judgment and Satan and all his followers have been turned to ashes in the lake of fire. That time when even the memory of those that followed Satan will be wiped from the eyes of those that will enter this eternal kingdom. In verse four it states: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; nor death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away."

Then we find in Revelation 21:23, 24: "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." [23] "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it [the Lamb]." [24]

In the eternity there is no gender, for we shall all be in our eternal, incorruptible and immortal bodies that shall never grow old, or suffer pain. We will be in the presence of Almighty God and that will give honor and praise and worship to Him, and the Lamb, Jesus the Christ, and the gates of that eternal city will never close. We will walk the streets of the city that are made of pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Revelation 21:26, 27 "And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it." [26] "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." [27]

What a precious time that will be. Do you see how God truth flows through the entire Scriptures? Each part of the Scripture draws our focus to that prophetic time when we will be with our Heavenly Father and the Lamb, or Lord Jesus Christ. Though this verse is not designed for the Millennium age, but for that time following the Millennium, and after the great white throne judgment. Then the full Godhead will be with us right here on earth.

Psalms 68:30 "Rebuke the company of spearmen, The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, Till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: Scatter Thou the people that delight in war."

This is referring to that time when there will be a complete cleanup on this earth. This will not take place in the eternity, but prior to that, at the time of the great white throne judgment, for as we read in Revelation 20:13-15 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." [13] "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." [14] "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." [15]

This will be done in and through the Millennium age of Jesus Christ's kingdom that starts at the seventh trumpet.

Psalms 68:31 "Princes shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God."

On that first day of the Millennium every knee shall bow to Jesus Christ.

Psalms 68:32 "Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah;"

We have just seeing how the praises will be sung to our eternal Father, the creator and to the Lamb, Jesus the Christ; and now Selah. This Selah is to stop and meditate on what has been said of the praises that shall be given to God, and it is connecting that exhortation to praise, with Him Who is to be praised in the next three verses.

Psalms 68:33 "To Him That rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; Lo, He doth send out His voice, and that a mighty voice."

This is taking us all the way back to the world that was in the first earth age. That time when all souls were in their heavenly bodies as the angels have. Even from then God sent out His voice to His children, right down to these days we are living in today. He is giving us a warning through His Word, lead by His Spirit. Can you hear that voice? It is not hard to hear if you have the ears to hear what Father is trying to say to you.

Psalms 68:34 "Ascribe ye strength unto God: His excellency is over Israel, And His strength is in the clouds."

God's chariots are standing over Israel for their protection, and for each one that believe and loves Him. He hears and understand our needs and He gives us the protection and help, if we will call upon Him.

Psalms 68:35 "O God, Thou art terrible out of Thy holy places: The GOD of Israel is He That giveth strength and power unto His people. Blessed be God."

"To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim."

"Thou art terrible", should read, "to be revered is God from His Sanctuary". This power and this strength of God is given to His people. Does that mean everyone can get that power? No. Those that love Him and do His bidding can ask for that power and strength. You can only have that power if you serve Him, doing His bidding. Most people pray for power and strength to fulfill their earthly gains, or for health to fulfill their worldly desires. This is not saying that you have to become a priest, but that you simply live for Him and follow His commandments and ways; and plant seeds of truth when it is possible.

"To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim." Shoshannim in the Hebrew tongue means "lilies". This then is a poetic name for spring. Hence used at the Passover, the spring festival.

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