Read Psalms 67 -- 71

In Today's Reading:

The blessings of God upon His people; His judgment upon His enemies; David's prayer in time of trouble; prayer of praise and thanksgiving

The psalmist encourages everyone to rejoice and sing for joy (Psalm 67:4). Furthermore, singing and giving praise to the Lord always brings satisfaction and peace of mind. While we await Jesus' return from heaven, the psalmist reminds us to rejoice: Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to His Name: extol (praise) Him that rideth upon the heavens by His Name JAH, and rejoice before Him (68:3-4). JAH is short for the Name of Jehovah (Yahweh), who is ever in the present.

Let us join with the psalmist in a proclamation of praise and adoration for Jesus Christ, our wonderful Savior and Lord, who generously pours out His blessings upon us.

The psalmist also foretold the resurrection of Christ. A numerous host of people will proclaim the glorious news of His victory. Jesus ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive. . . . and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death (68:18,20). All the kingdoms of the earth sing praises unto the Lord (68:32) as they express their heartfelt worship. Paul explained the meaning of this psalm as a prophecy concerning Christ, who ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men (Ephesians 4:8). This means that He conquered death and Satan, who had held mankind in bondage (Hebrews 2:15). Gifts were given to apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for equipping God's people to do His work, to help them mature and grow in the likeness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. . . . Marvel not at this . . . all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:24,28-29).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who led captivity captive (Psalm 68:18). With His resurrection power, Jesus broke the captive power of Satan. When He led the Old Testament saints from paradise into heaven, He led captivity captive (compare Ephesians 4:8; also Galatians 5:1; Revelation 1:18).

Word Studies:

67:2 saving health =b> salvation; 68:4 JAH is an abbreviation of Jehovah — the Eternal, Self-Existent One — and corresponds to I AM THAT I AM; 68:13 pots =b> sheepfolds; 68:18 led captivity captive =b> led your captives captive — a prophecy concerning Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:8-9); 68:20 issues =b> escapes; 68:35 terrible =wesome, astonishing; 70:3 Aha, aha =b> an expression of scorn.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Mrs. Rosemarie Styles · Staff: Rick Hash · Government Official: President George W. Bush · Country: Burundi (6 million) in east-central Africa Major languages: Kirundi and French Losing religious freedom 51% Roman Catholic; 12% animist; 11% Protestant; 1% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Pray for more faithful Christian workers (I Thessalonians 1:2-3).

Optional Reading: I Thessalonians 5

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 23:1-2