May 12, 2015

Psalm 68

By In Brian Jacobson

I’m failing at my goal of posting once a week and my post always seem to get longer and take longer. I’m working on a post on democracy and the over-politicizing of life. Some of my reading and writing reminded of me this Psalm we sometimes sing in church and in family worship. Andrew Fletcher, a Scottish poet and politician (who fought against the 1707 Act of Union between Scotland and England) once said “Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” The Psalms, and especially their corporate singing, have always played an important role in unifying and encouraging God’s people in the great moments of Church history. Whether it is Martin Luther’s A Mighty Fortress so nicknamed the 46, the early church’s love for the Psalter, or the role the Genevan Psalter played Robert Godfrey has said before “where see you a revival in Psalm-singing there you see the beginnings of a reformation.” We truly do need more Psalm-singing in our churches and families:

Let God arise, and by His might
Let all His foes be put to flight;
But O ye righteous, gladly sing,
Exult before your God and King.

Jehovah’s praises sound abroad
Rejoice before the living God;
Prepare the way that He may come
And make the desert places bloom.

A Father of the fatherless,
A judge of widows in distress
Is God, the God of boundless grace,
Who dwells within His holy place.

God frees the captive and He sends
The blessedness of home and friends,
And only those in darkness stay
Who will not trust Him and obey.

O Zion, ’tis thy God’s command
That thou in strength securely stand;
O God, confirm and strengthen still,
Thy purposes in us fulfill.

O Thou, whose glorious temple stands
In Zion, famed through heathen lands,
Kings shall Thy power and glory see,
And bring their presents unto Thee.

Thou wilt rebuke the fierce and strong
Who hate the right and choose the wrong,
And scatter those who peace abhor,
The nations that delight in war.

The heathen princes yet shall flee
From idols and return to Thee;
Earth’s sinful and benighted lands,
To God shall soon stretch out their hands.

The Psalms have much to say about the failure of human kingship, the oppression of the innocent, and the plundering of the poor. Yet it acknowledges and foretells of a King who is more than human, and indeed Lord (Psalm 110), who against the nations that rage in vain and plot together and the kings who set themselves up (Psalm 2:1), will execute perfect justice, who is the true owner and sovereign of all things for is he the creator, who will bring everlasting peace, who will be the protection of the poor, the widow, and the orphan, and establish his kingdom forever. Who bears a cross, before taking the crown.

“Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” ( Psalm 2:10-12)

 

Written by Brian Jacobson

Brian Jacobson works as a quality technician for a manufacturing company in St. Louis, Mo where he lives with his new bride. He studied biblical and theological studies at Reformation Bible College under R.C. Sproul in Orlando, FL. He’s an Old-School Presbyterian who enjoys the simple means of grace, Machen, and living the high life on a budget. Follow him @briankjacobson on Twitter.