Victory March-Psalm 68:15-19

Psalm 68:15-19 “The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan. 16 Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the Lord himself will dwell forever? 17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord [has come] from Sinai into his sanctuary. 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.”

Psalm 68:15-19 “Monti altissimi, monti di Basan, monti dalle cime numerose, monti di Basan, perché, o monti dalle molte cime, guardate con invidia al monte che Dio ha scelto per sua dimora? Sì, il SIGNORE vi abiterà per sempre. 17 I carri di Dio si contano a miriadi e miriadi, a migliaia di migliaia: il Signore viene dal Sinai nel santuario. 18 Tu sei salito in alto, portando prigionieri, hai ricevuto doni dagli uomini, anche dai ribelli, per far qui la tua dimora, o SIGNORE, Dio. 19 Sia benedetto il Signore! Giorno per giorno porta per noi il nostro peso, il Dio della nostra salvezza.”


     This Psalm penned by David is a song that celebrates the victory of God over all enemies. After the victories of God’s people, a triumphal march would occur giving praise to God. Verse 4 states “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the Lord — and rejoice before him.” In the middle of this Psalm comes the prophetic words of verse 18 about the greatest triumphal procession of all time: that of Christ’s ascension. The Apostle Paul used this phrase as he described the work of Christ on our behalf in Ephesians 4:7-8. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:” When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”

     As the entire picture reveals God’s victory throughout the course of Israel’s history and then applies it to the triumph of Christ over sin and death, it reminds us that God is still marching on behalf of His people who face the daily burdens of life. David reminds us of what a marvelous God we have who marches to our defense when we lift Him up in praise!

Pray with me: Lord, what an amazing truth to know that Your ascension is described like a march of victory with the promise to carry our burdens. Help me to always celebrate Your victory in praise as I daily experience Your help and strength.

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