Verse 1 – Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
Verse 2 – As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let them perish at the presence of God.
Verse 3 – But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Verse 4 – Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him.
David wasn’t ashamed to sing praises to his God, nor tell God what he wanted to happen to God’s enemies. I’ve learned to praise Him in the good times and in the tough times. When I praise Him even though things are falling apart, God lets me feel His presence and know that He will turn everything around for my good.
Verse 5 – A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.
Verse 6 – God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
David knew because he had seen God and read it in His Word (they had the first 5 Books), God could and would work miracles for Israel. David also recalled where God had taken him from. God will take you out – close a door – to take us in – doors will open. He also multiplies everything He gives. When our motives and desires line up with His will, there will be wave after wave of blessings.
Verse 7 – O God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness, Selah (Exodus 13:21)
Verse 8 – the earth shook; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Mount Sinai had a very prominent role in Israel’s history. In Exodus 3:1-10, God commissioned Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt. Although the Mountain of God has another name, Horeb. It’s the same mountain, but has two tops. This is the same mountain where Israel returned with Moses and received the Law-the Ten Commandments. What David is referring to in Verse 8 is Exodus 19:18, where it says, “Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
Verse 9 – You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, where You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary.
Verse 10 – Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
Verse 11 – The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
Verse 12 – “Kings of armies flee, they flee, and she who remains at home divides the spoil.
Verse 13 – Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, yet you will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”
The dove is the symbol of God’s beloved Israel, who is so protected and blessed that they received silver and gold from her enemies while staying in camp.
Verse 14 – When the Almighty scattered Kings in it, it was white as snow in Zalmon.
Zalmon was a mountain near Shechem, but its exact location is uncertain. It was probable east of Jordan.
Verse 15 – A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
Verse 16 – Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; Yes, the Lord will dwell in it forever.
Bashan was a mountain of many peaks, including Mount Hermon, the tallest mountain in the region. God’s choice of Mount Zion is small in comparison, but was the site of the temple. David wrote poetically of these mountains that were greater than the mountain God had chosen to dwell in forever.
Verse 17 – The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
The armies of God are too many to number. When God says He fights our battles, believe it.
Verse 18 – You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive, You have received gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord might dwell there.
This verse is spoken about when Christ ascended. Ephesians 4:8 – Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
When the psalmist writes, captivity captive, it means when Christ ascended. He overcame the tribulation that will come on us (John 16:33). And in 1 John 5:4, Christ tells us again that, “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory – our faith.
We are overcomers because of what Christ has done and David saw this in his spirit as he wrote this.
Verse 19 – Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah
What are some of the benefits that our loving God provides for us daily? He provides; grace to get through the day; peace for those whose mind is stayed on Him; guidance, love, comfort, mercy; a place of refuge and on and on. These and so much more are the benefits of our salvation from a loving God.
Verse 20 – Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
Verse 21 – But God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the ones who still goes on in his trespasses.
God provided a way through His Son, Jesus Christ, to escape death. (I’m not talking about death of our physical body.) Christ died for the entire world and its up to each individual to accept and receive Him or not. David is talking about those who reject God’s salvation and would rather continue in sin.
Verse 22 – The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
Verse 21 – That your foot may crush them in blood, and the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.
In Exodus chapter 14, all the Egyptians that were perusing Israel, drowned in the Red Sea. In Revelation 20:13, the sea gave up the dead… God’s enemies have a final outcome, and it’s not good!
Verse 24 – They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
Verse 25 – The singers went before the players on instruments followed after, among them were maidens playing tambrels.
Verse 26 – Bless God in the congregations, the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
Verse 27 – There is little Benjamin, their leader, the princes of Judah and their company, the princes of Zebula and the princes of Naphtali.
Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and the southern kingdom was often called “Judah and Benjamin.”
Verse 28 – Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
Verse 29 – Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring presents to You.
Jerusalem has always been Gods chosen city. In the Book of Revelation Chapter 21, John saw a “New Jerusalem” coming down out of heaven from God. There the throne of God and the Lamb shall be. And in verse 26, it says “All nations shall bring glory and honor into it.”
Verse 30 – Rebuke the beasts of the reeds, the herd of bulls with calves of the peoples, till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the people who delight in war.
Verse 31 – Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
Verse 32 – Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
Verse 33 – To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
Verse 34 – Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds.
Verse 35 – O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
How often I meditate on the goodness of God. Just to know He cares enough about every little thing in my life is enough to keep me going in this crazy world. Our God loves us and turns everything around for our good. We are forever on His mind.
When you think no one cares and no one is going to help, remember Christ, who did it all for you and me!