Psalms 68
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68
Praise God Who Saved the Nation
For the director of music. A song of David.
1Let God come and scatter his enemies.
Let those who hate him run away.
2Blow them away as smoke
is driven away by the wind.
As wax melts before a fire,
let the wicked be destroyed before God.
3But those who do right should be glad.
They should rejoice before God.
They should be happy and glad.
4Sing to God. Sing praises to his name.
Prepare the way for him
who rides through the desert.
His name is the Lord.
Rejoice before him.
5God is in his holy Temple.
He is a father to orphans.
He defends the widows.
6God gives the lonely a home.
He leads prisoners out with joy.
But those who turn against God will live in a dry land.
7God, you led your people out.
You marched through the desert. Selah
8The ground shook,
and the sky poured down rain
before God, the God of Mount Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9God, you sent much rain.
You refreshed your tired land.
10Your people settled there.
God, in your goodness
you took care of the poor.
11The Lord gave the command.
And a great army told the news:
12“Kings and their armies run away.
The women at home divide the wealth taken in war.”
13Those who stayed behind by the sheepfold
will get the riches taken in battle.
14God scattered kings
like snow on Mount Zalmon.
15The mountains of Bashan are great mountains.
Mount Bashan has many peaks.
16Why do you mountains with many peaks look down
on Mount Zion, which God chose for his home?
The Lord will live there forever.
17God comes with millions of chariots.
The Lord comes from Mount Sinai to his holy place.
18He went up to the heights.
He led a parade of captives.
He received the payment he demanded from the people,
even from those who turned against him.
And the Lord God will live there.
19Praise the Lord, day by day.
God our Savior helps us. Selah
20Our God is a God who saves us.
The Lord God saves us from death.
21God will crush his enemies’ heads,
the hairy skulls of those who continue to sin.
22The Lord said, “I will bring the enemy back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea.
23Then you can stick your feet in their blood.
And your dogs can lick their share.”
24God, people have seen your victory march.
God my King marched into the holy place.
25The singers are in front, and the instruments are behind.
In the middle are the girls with the tambourines.
26Praise God in the meeting place.
Praise the Lord in the gathering of Israel.
27There is the smallest tribe, Benjamin, leading them.
And there are the leaders of Judah with their group.
There also are the leaders of Zebulun and of Naphtali.
28God, order up your power.
Show the mighty power you have used for us before.
29Kings will bring their wealth to you,
to your Temple in Jerusalem.
30Punish Egypt, the beast among the tall grass along the river.
Punish the leaders of nations, those bulls among the cows.
Then they will bring you their silver.
Scatter those nations that love war.
31Messengers will come from Egypt with forced payment.
The people of Cush will pray to God.
32Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God.
Sing praises to the Lord. Selah
33Sing to the one who rides through the skies, which are from long ago.
He speaks with a thundering voice.
34Announce that God is powerful.
He rules over Israel.
His power is in the skies.
35God, you are wonderful in your Temple.
The God of Israel gives his people strength and power.
Praise God!
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