Reading: Psalm 68
This morning, Easter 2011, I opened my Bible to the place noted in my Bible reading plan and couldn't help but think of the resurrection.
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. 2As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. 3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. 4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds—his name is the LORD—and rejoice before him. …
7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, Selah 8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel....
11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it...
18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious—that you, O LORD God, might dwell there. 19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah 20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
Indeed, God arose in the resurrection, and His enemies, indeed our enemy, death, fled before Him. It is a day for being glad and rejoicing before God. It is a day for happiness and joy. Our Lord, King and Savior has gone through the wasteland of death before us, the earth indeed shook, and he has made a way to life eternal.
May the company who proclaims it be great today! May He receive gifts from the formerly rebellious, even as He has distributed His Spirit and gifts amongst them. He has born our burden, ultimately, and has saved us. From the Sovereign Lord, even our Lord Jesus Christ, comes escape from death!
Now that “arising” seems to be resurrection, in advance foretold!
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