The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 23 May 2020 – Arise, Oh God!
TOPIC: Arise, Oh God!
READ: PSALM 68:1-20 (NKJV)
- To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
- As smoke is driven away, So drive [them] away; As wax melts before the fire, [So] let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
- But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
- Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
- A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, [Is] God in His holy habitation.
- God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry [land.]
- O God, when You went out before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
- 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.
- You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, When it was weary.
- Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
- The Lord gave the word; Great [was] the company of those who proclaimed [it:]
- “Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
- Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, [You will be] like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold.”
- When the Almighty scattered kings in it, It was [white] as snow in Zalmon.
- A mountain of God [is] the mountain of Bashan; A mountain [of many] peaks [is] the mountain of Bashan.
- 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.
- The chariots of God [are] twenty thousand, [Even] thousands of thousands; The Lord is among them [as in] Sinai, in the Holy [Place.]
- You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even [from] the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell [there.]
- Blessed [be] the Lord, [Who] daily loads us [with benefits,] The God of our salvation! Selah
- Our God [is] the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord [belong] escapes from death.
Today we see a prayer for God’s intervention in the lives of the wicked and the righteous. God is requested to scatter the wicked, make them run away from His presence, blow them away like the wind, melt them like wax in a fire and make them to perish (verses 1-2). However, for the righteous, God is requested to make them glad, rejoice, happy and joyful. They are to sing praises to God and extol His name (verses 3-4). God is a Father to orphans and a Defender of widows (verse 5). Hence, Christians should be thankful to God – our Saviour – and burden bearer (verse 19). Our God not only saves but He also helps us escape from death (verse 20).
Beloved, when God arises, it is either to bless or to judge. If judged by God’s standard, will you be seen as righteous or wicked? No matter what you are going through, God can arise and bring a change in your life. Jesus loves you and is ready to save you if you answer His invitation in Matthew 6:33. Come to Christ today and God will arise on your behalf.
PRAYER: Father, arise to scatter Your enemies and to save Your people in Jesus name. Amen.