Psalm 68

CM (86.86)
Portions adapted by Julie Tennent from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter

1Let God arise, and scattered far let all His en’mies be;
And let His foes that do Him hate before His presence flee.
2As smoke is driven, so drive them; as fire melts wax away,
Before God’s face let wicked men so perish and decay.

3But let the righteous ones be glad: let them before God’s sight
be very joyful; yea, let them rejoice with all their might.
4Sing praise to God, to His name sing; extol Him with your voice,
Who rides on clouds, He is the Lord – before His face rejoice.

5Because the Lord a father is unto the fatherless;
And He defends the widow in His place of holiness.
6God sets the lonely in fam’lies; Leads forth the prisoner bands
with singing; but rebellious ones inhabit sun-scorched lands.

7O God, when You went out in might before Your people’s face;
And when through the great wilderness, You marched them by Your grace;
8The earth did shake, the sky broke forth, and rain from heaven fell;
The mountain shook before the Lord, the God of Israel.

9You gave abundant showers, God, You sent a plenteous rain;
You did Your tired inheritance refresh and did sustain.
10Your congregation settled there; in that place did abide;
And from Your bounty for the poor, O God, You did provide.

11The Lord himself announced the word, and many spoke it forth:
12“Great kings and armies flee in haste, and men divide the spoils.”
13“E’en while you sleep within the camp among the fires by night;
My dove’s fair wings are covered well, with gold and silver bright.”

14When God Almighty scattered kings, it was like Zalmon’s snow;
15The rugged mountains of Bashan; majestic they do grow!
16Why gaze in envy, mountains high? This is the mountain where,
God longs to dwell, and chooses to forever reign from there.

17God’s chari’ots tens of thousands are, and many thousand more;
The Lord has come from Sinai to His sanctuary sure.
18When You, O Lord, most glorious, ascended up on high;
You led forth captives in Your train; captivity brought nigh.

And You received such gifts from men, e’en from those who rebel;
That You, O Lord God, even there, among them You might dwell.
19Bless’d be the Lord, and praise to Him, who is our Savior sure;
Who daily bears our burdens, and salvation does procure.

20For our God is the God who saves; our lives are in His hand;
And from the Sovereign Lord does come escape from death’s strong band.
21But surely God will crush the head of those that are His foes;
The hairy crown of him that still on in his trespass goes.

22God said, “I’ll bring them from Bashan, even from Bashan hill;
And from the sea’s devouring depths, I’ll bring their souls forth still.
23That in the blood of enemies, your feet may be washed there;
Your dogs will lick blood with their tongues – they, too, will have their share.”

24For Your procession is in view, O God of majesty;
Procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.
25In front are singers, then the ones who instruments do play;
With them are maidens who upon the tambourines do play.

26Within the congregation great, bless God with one accord;
From Isr’el’s great assembly bless and praise the mighty Lord.
27There is the tribe of Benjamin, who’s leading them along;
Then Judah’s princes, Zebulun and Naphtali’s great throng.

28Summon Your power, God, show strength, as You have done before;
29For Your house at Jerusalem, kings will bring gifts, O Lord.
30Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among
the calves of all the nations where Your glories have been sung.

Till everyone humbly submits, and silver pieces bring;
The nations that delight in war, disperse O God and King.
31Then envoys and great princes shall come out of Egypt land;
And Ethiopia to God shall too stretch out her hand.

32O all ye kingdoms of the earth, sing praises to this King;
For He is Lord who rules o’er all; unto Him praises sing.
33To Him that rides the skies above, which He of old did found;
Who thunders with a mighty voice – a mighty thunderous sound.

34Proclaim the power of our God, whose majesty on high,
Is over all of Israel; whose pow’r is o’er the sky.
35You are most awesome, mighty God, within Your sanctuary,
Who gives His people strength and pow’r; To Israel’s God praise be!


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