The Psalms of David

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Ask God to *forgive you. Then tell other people what a great God he is. And do not forget ... Jesus is another name for God!

Cloud Rider: A Song for the *Nation

Psalm 68

Jesus said, "You will see the Son of man sitting to the right of God. And he will come on the clouds in the sky". (Matthew 26:64) ("Son of man" is a name that Jesus gave himself.)

Psalm 68

    (This is) for the music leader.
(It is) a psalm of David, a song.

v1      God will rise up and his enemies will move away in all directions.
     The people that *hate him will quickly ride away from him.

v2      (God), blow them away as you would blow smoke away.
     As butter becomes *oil in a fire,
       when the *godless see the face of God it will destroy them.

v3      But the *righteous will be happy.
     They will *rejoice when they see the face of God.
     They will shout because they are so happy!

v4      Sing to God, sing psalms to his name.
     *Praise the One that Rides on the Clouds.
     His name is the *LORD! Shout for *joy in front of him.

v5      God is the father of those that have no father.
     He gives help to women whose husbands have died.
     (He does this) from the *holy place where he lives.

v6      God gives a home to lonely people.
     He leads people out of prison (and they hear) music.
     But people that do not obey (God)
       will continue to live in a land where the hot sun burns the ground.

v7      God, you went out in front of your people.
     You marched through the *wilderness.   *SELAH

v8      The ground moved, the skies dropped (rain) when God came to Sinai.
     God is the God of Israel.

v9      God, you gave plenty of rain.
     It made your Promised Land fresh again when it was dry.

v10    Your people came to live in it.
     God, you gave good things to the poor people that needed them.
     You made them strong.

v11    The *Lord gave a message
       and a large number of women passed on the good news.

v12    Kings of *huge armies ran away. They *fled!
     The women at home decided who should have
       what their soldiers brought from the war.

v13    Even if you sleep where the sheep sleep,
       the *dove will have *wings of *silver and *feathers of gold!

v14    When *Shaddai made (foreign) kings run away in different directions
     it was *like snow on Mount Zalmon.

v15    The mountain called Bashan is a Mountain of God.
     The mountain called Bashan has many high hills.

v16    High mountains, why do you look at the mountain that God wants to live in?
     Why do you want him to live in you instead?
     This (mountain) is where the *LORD (himself) will always stay.

v17    God has millions of *chariots.
     The *Lord came with them to his *holy (mountain) Sinai.

v18    You went to the high (mountain).
     You took with you the *prisoners that you had caught.
     You received gifts from men, the men that had fought against you.
     The *LORD God will always live here.

v19    Say good things about the *Lord!
     Every day he gives us help with what we have to carry.
     He is the God that saves us!   *SELAH

v20    Our God is the God who will make us free.
     The *LORD our God will save us from death.

v21    But God will break the heads of his enemies.
     (He will break) the hairy heads of those people
       that will not stop doing wrong things.

v22    The *Lord says, "I will bring (my enemies) back from Bashan.
     I will bring them back (even from) deep down in the sea.

v23    Then you can put your feet into their blood
       and even your *dogs can drink some!"

v24    God, they will see your people walking together.
     They will see my God and my King
       leading his *procession into the *temple.

v25    The singers will go in front. The musicians will go behind them.
     All round them will be girls beating tambourines.

v26    "Say good things about God among all the people there!
     All you people of Israel, (*praise) the *LORD!"

v27    Benjamin, the youngest, will go first.
     The leaders of Judah will make a noise (*praising God).
     (Then will come) the leaders of Zebulun and Naphtali.

v28    Your God sent the power (that gave you help).
     God, be powerful (again) as you did (in past times) for us,

v29      from your *temple in Jerusalem.
     Kings will (then) bring gifts to you.

v30    Be angry with:
       ·    the animals that live in the reeds
       ·    the group of bulls among the calves of the *nations.
     When they fall on their knees,
       they will bring to you pieces of *silver.
     Make the people that find pleasure in war
       run away from you in all directions.

v31    The government of Egypt will send people
       and the people from Cush will lift up their hands to (*praise) God.

v32    Sing to God, you *kingdoms of the earth!
     Sing psalms to the *Lord!   *SELAH

v33    (Sing) to the One that Rides on the Clouds
       and on the *heavens that have always been there!
     He is shouting with a powerful voice.

v34    Tell everyone about the powerful God that is the King of Israel.
     His power is in the skies.

v35    God, how great you are in your *temple.
     He is the God of Israel.
     He gives power to his people and makes them strong.
     Say good things about God!

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