A Season of Psalms 68:19-20
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
NASCAR pre-race activities are a spectacular combination of danger and entertainment. At a recent race in Michigan, a man was shot from a cannon, to the delight of the roaring crowd and the drivers on pit road. Other tracks have been known to employ Evel Knievel-type stunts. People skydive out of airplanes to deliver the green flag to the flagman. Even the pace car has been delivered via a Chinook helicopter. There’s no limit to what can happen, and it stokes the crowd’s excitement prior to the main event.
The crowds are roaring in Psalm 68 as God arises to scatter His enemies. They won’t be punted out of a cannon, but they will be driven away like smoke and melt like wax before a fire. The righteous will witness and be glad and praise Him with joy, because He is the God who sees and bears our burdens and offers us salvation. Despite our momentary burdens, God is ever-present. He knows our suffering, our hurts, our pain and anguish. He is the God of our salvation and our comfort. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that God “comforts us in all our affliction.” And in our time of need, when we feel swallowed up in our affliction, we can endure because it is He “who gives power and strength to his people.” He even gave us His Son to relieve the burden of sin and heal our souls. How should we respond? “Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name!”
Further Reading: 1 Peter 5:6-11; Matthew 4:23-25
Father, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You know everything about us; you know our joys, our triumphs, the hurts, and the heartaches. We need Your touch upon our lives, every moment of every day. We can’t do anything without You, for on our Rock we do depend. Give us strength to endure our challenges in our time of need. Lord, You are good, and your steadfast love endures forever. We gratefully pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.