To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.
1 Let God rise up; let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him flee before him.
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
let the wicked perish before God.
3 But let the righteous be joyful;
let them exult before God;
let them be jubilant with joy.
4 Sing to God; sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds
his name is the Lord—
be exultant before him.
5 Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6 God gives the desolate a home to live in;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.
32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord,
33 O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34 Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel
and whose power is in the skies.
35 Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!
You can read this entire psalm from your own Bible, if you’d like. One commentator suggests that it is about “The Victory of God.” That same commentator also notes that “[this psalm] has an unusual density of uncertain texts, rare words, allusive language, and shifting styles.”
Let’s stick to the victory of God. Our God is God. Our God is Supreme. Our God is Powerful. And that God knows you and me by name, and loves us more than we can love ourselves. Blessed be our God!
O Father of orphans and protector of widows, I praise you today for your victories. Victorious God, count me among those whom you protect and love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
~ Steve Negley