Psalm 68: Looking Back and Praising God
Psalms 68 begins with a description of all kind of things that God has done and how the people of Earth have reacted to them. When you get to the end, you find a summary of all that basically has gone on in the chapter.
Psa 68:32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
Psa 68:33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
Psa 68:34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
Psa 68:35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
We can draw a few main things out of this. First, we need to be praising God. God has done a lot and continues to do a lot. As the Creator of the universe, we have Him to thank for every part of our existence. Verse 32 is basically a command.
Then, we need to understand that God is active. In verse 33, He is actually sending out His voice. This is significant because it is not like God just sent out His voice in the past. Verse 33 is in the present tense. It implies that He is doing it right now. We serve a God who is active.
Verses 34 and 35 kind of go together. In the first one, we need to recognize that God is all strength. He is the most powerful being in the universe, and we need to recognize that. Verse 35 then talks about Him giving strength to Israel. In the Old Testament, they were set apart as the chosen people of God, and when they were actively trying to serve God, God gave them incredible strength. Think about Joshua. He never should have been able to lead the people across all of Canaan. They should not have won all of those battles, but they did. God provided the power to His people because as we already know, He has so much power to give.
It might be an interesting exercise to look back over our own lives and see what God has done. That seems like what most of this chapter is. There is a whole list of great things that God has done, and our response ought to be one of praise. We should praise Him because He is active and because He is powerful.