the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.
Comments: To say this is ‘just a song' is a gross understatement.
It is a most strong proclamation of the Lord's greatness, majesty
and power, with petition for Him to come again and be seen in
It starts with David's desire for the Lord to come and deal with
His enemies [v.1-3]
and a call to his people to sing and praise the Lord for who He
Then comes remembrance of their origins in Egypt and the deliverance
that followed [v.6-8] despite the rebellion in the wilderness,
refusing to take the land [v.6].
In contrast to the desert experience, He blessed the land with
rain to make it bountiful, the ultimate outworking of the deliverance
Now they are a nation that receives God's decrees of triumph so
that the women, as of old – e.g. Miriam Ex 15:20,21, could sing
of the triumph as they were able to share out the spoils when
the men returned home [v.11,12].
Even though they [subsequently?] rest, the Lord decrees glory
& triumph over their enemies [v.13-15]
so those of the north look enviously on Jerusalem [v.16]
because God's angelic armies fight for His people [v.17-23]
and there is celebration in His presence at the Tabernacle [v.24-27].
Thus he concludes with a petition for God to come again with that
same saving power [v.28,29] to deal with their enemies [v.30,31].
The result will be praise and worship of the God of triumph [v.32-35]
on behalf of His people Israel.]
Desire & Praise
Heart desires of David
May God arise, may his enemies
may his foes flee before
May you blow them away like smoke—
as wax melts before the fire,
may the wicked perish
may the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and
Causes of singing & rejoicing: God's blessing of families
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before him—his
name is the Lord .
father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
Memories of the past deliverance
He remembers the Lord's work of the exodus
sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners [slaves
in Egypt] with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched
land. [40 years of wandering]
you, God, went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,
earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
He remembers that the Lord gave them this land and blessed it
gave abundant showers, O God;
you refreshed your weary inheritance.
people settled in it,
and from your bounty, God, you provided
for the poor.
God's decree of Victory for His people
God's word comes, the women proclaim it and experience it
Lord announces the word,
and the women who proclaim it are a mighty
and armies flee in haste;
the women at home divide the plunder.
Despite human inactivity God decrees blessing & victory for
while you sleep among the sheep pens,
the wings of my dove are sheathed with
its feathers with shining gold.”
the Almighty scattered the kings in the land,
it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
Bashan, majestic mountain,
Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
Israel, the Chosen Land
Mountains of the north may gaze with envy on Sinai in the south
gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
at the mountain where God chooses to
where the Lord himself will dwell forever?
God's heavenly armies triumph wherever He sends them
chariots of God are tens of thousands
and thousands of thousands;
the Lord has come from Sinai into his
you ascended on high,
you took many captives;
you received gifts from people,
even from the rebellious—
that you, Lord God, might dwell there.
Confidence in the God who saves
But for us His people He saves us and carries our burdens (at
be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign Lord comes escape
He will utterly crush the enemies of Israel, high & low alike
God will crush the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crowns of those who go on in
Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan;
I will bring them from the depths of
your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,
while the tongues of your dogs have their
The Celebrations that will follow
There will be a celebration in His house over His triumphs
procession, God, has come into view,
the procession of my God and King into
front are the singers, after them the musicians;
with them are the young women playing
All the people will be gathered to celebrate
God in the great congregation;
praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.
is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them,
there the great throng of Judah's princes,
and there the princes of Zebulun and
A Call for God to come against their enemies
Reveal your power again Lord, to bring your enemies humbled to
Summon your power, God;
show us your strength,
our God, as you have done before.
of your temple at Jerusalem
kings will bring you gifts.
Even those who would appear mighty & strong will come in submission
Rebuke the beast among the reeds,
the herd of bulls among the calves of
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
Scatter the nations
who delight in war.
will come from Egypt;
Cush will submit herself to God.
Praise for the Awesome God
So all nations praise Him who comes with such power
to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
sing praise to the Lord,
him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
who thunders with mighty voice.
Proclaim this power seen in Israel and Praise Him for it
the power of God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
whose power is in the heavens.
God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
the God of Israel gives power and strength
to his people.
be to God!
Comments: Without doubt this is a song of a warrior
king, as David was, that looks on Israel and their surrounding
enemies and calls on the Lord to come and do the same sort of
things He has done for them before. It is a song of confident
triumph, based in David's knowledge of the Lord and of Israel.]
to Psa 69