DAY BY DAY… GOD CARRIES US ALONG

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
Psalm 68 carries us
Have you ever just stopped life for awhile and meditated on how God has carried you through trials that overwhelmed, situations unbearable and human relationship so challenging you didn’t know what to do?
 
As believers in God, He always helps us get to the other side of the tough tests that grow us from the inside out. So, maybe, like the Psalmist who wrote this rather lengthy hymn of sorts, we should just sit for a while, thank and praise God as we recount all the ways He has carried us.
 
In the end, like David, we learn life is about God. It always has been about God. It’s not about us as much as it is about God in us! He carries us day by day, hour by hour. He IS for us, not against us.
 
Here is a good example to begin our journey reflection…
 
Psalm 68, The Message
 
A David Psalm
 
Psalm 68 11-4 Up with God!
Down with his enemies!
Adversaries, run for the hills!
Gone like a puff of smoke,
like a blob of wax in the fire—
one look at God and the wicked vanish.
When the righteous see God in action
they’ll laugh, they’ll sing,
they’ll laugh and sing for joy.
Sing hymns to God;
all heaven, sing out;
clear the way for the coming of Cloud-Rider.
Enjoy God,
cheer when you see him!
 
Psalm 68 He carries us5-6 Father of orphans,
champion of widows,
is God in his holy house.
God makes homes for the homeless,
leads prisoners to freedom,
but leaves rebels to rot in hell.
 
7-10 God, when you took the lead with your people,
when you marched out into the wild,
Earth shook, sky broke out in a sweat;
God was on the march.
Even Sinai trembled at the sight of God on the move,
at the sight of Israel’s God.
You pour out rain in buckets, O God;
thorn and cactus become an oasis
For your people to camp in and enjoy.
You set them up in business;
they went from rags to riches.
 
Psalm 68 811-14 The Lord gave the word;
thousands called out the good news:
“Kings of the armies
are on the run, on the run!”
While housewives, safe and sound back home,
divide up the plunder,
the plunder of Canaanite silver and gold.
On that day that Shaddai scattered the kings,
snow fell on Black Mountain.
 
15-16 You huge mountains, Bashan mountains,
mighty mountains, dragon mountains.
All you mountains not chosen,
sulk now, and feel sorry for yourselves,
For this is the mountain God has chosen to live on;
he’ll rule from this mountain forever.
 
17-18 The chariots of God, twice ten thousand,
and thousands more besides,
The Lord in the lead, riding down Sinai—
straight to the Holy Place!
You climbed to the High Place, captives in tow,
your arms full of booty from rebels,
And now you sit there in state,
God, sovereign God!
 
Psalm 68 hears us19-23 Blessed be the Lord—
day after day he carries us along.
He’s our Savior, our God, oh yes!
He’s God-for-us, he’s God-who-saves-us.
Lord God knows all
death’s ins and outs.
What’s more, he made heads roll,
split the skulls of the enemy
As he marched out of heaven,
saying, “I tied up the Dragon in knots,
put a muzzle on the Deep Blue Sea.”
You can wade through your enemies’ blood,
and your dogs taste of your enemies from your boots.
 
24-31 See God on parade
to the sanctuary, my God,
my King on the march!
Singers out front, the band behind,
maidens in the middle with castanets.
The whole choir blesses God.
Like a fountain of praise, Israel blesses God.
Look—little Benjamin’s out
front and leading
Princes of Judah in their royal robes,
princes of Zebulon, princes of Naphtali.
Parade your power, O God,
the power, O God, that made us what we are.
Your temple, High God, is Jerusalem;
kings bring gifts to you.
Rebuke that old crocodile, Egypt,
with her herd of wild bulls and calves,
Rapacious in her lust for silver,
crushing peoples, spoiling for a fight.
Let Egyptian traders bring blue cloth
and Cush come running to God, her hands outstretched.
 
Psalm 68 LORD32-34 Sing, O kings of the earth!
Sing praises to the Lord!
There he is: Sky-Rider,
striding the ancient skies.
Listen—he’s calling in thunder,
rumbling, rolling thunder.
Call out “Bravo!” to God,
the High God of Israel.
His splendor and strength
rise huge as thunderheads.
 
35 A terrible beauty, O God,
streams from your sanctuary.
It’s Israel’s strong God! He gives
power and might to his people!
O you, his people—bless God!
 
Another song of today plays in the background as I read this hymn of praise for all God has done for His people.
 
WHO YOU SAY I AM
 
Who am I that the highest King
Would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh His love for me
Oh His love for me
 
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
 
Free at last, He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me
Yes He died for me
 
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
 
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
 
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
 
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
I am who You say I am…
 
(Songwriters: Ben Fielding / Reuben Morgan)
 
Psalm 68 God
We could all write a “hymn” of how God has brought us through life’s journey. Right?
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am overwhelmed by your love for me. I am amazed at how You work and that You are always at work for us, not against us. Thank you for carrying me when all I wanted to do was run and hide. Thank you for your Holy Presence day by day, hour by hour. I need you every hour. I love you with all that is in me.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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