Victory is the Lord’s
One of the topics repeatedly discussed during my time at seminary was the idea of already/not yet. As I read and consider Psalm 68, that idea pops back into my mind. God has already won the victory, yet the spoils of his victory have not yet been completely reclaimed. There are promises recorded in scripture yet to be fulfilled. So, although things like salvation have already been bought for us through Christ, we have not yet received the final judgement that is to come when the gavel falls and we enter into eternity. God’s final victory is so assured that we speak of it as already having happened. Entering into Psalm 68 we see God as the Divine Warrior who will ultimately claim what is his and receive the praise that is rightly due him.
It seems that this Psalm was written in the wake of some major victory. Perhaps this Psalm was inspired by the Ark as it was brought into Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 6. Perhaps that event inspired the Psalmist’s words, “Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the young women playing the timbrels. Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel” (Ps. 68 24–26, NIV).
What event or circumstance this Psalm is about, we can only speculate; however, as one commentator wrote, “The theme of this magnificent Psalm is the march of God to victory. It traces the establishment of His kingdom in the past; it looks forward to the defeat of all opposition in the future until all the kingdoms of the world own the God of Israel as their Lord and pay Him homage.” (Expositors Bible Commentary)
I had a professor who said that one day every person will bow on their knees before Christ our King; if that’s where we’re all headed, then it’s probably a good place to be now. Although this Psalm was written after one of David’s major victories, verse 18 was later paraphrased by Paul in Ephesians 4:8 referring to Christ’s victory at his ascension. When we discuss the Lord’s victory, and the already/not yet of scripture, we are really talking about what Christ has won on the cross, he was resurrected, and ascended into heaven. What is yet to come is his return. Whatever your view of the end times we can all agree that Christ will return suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving many people to wish they had a few more moments to tell one more person about the Lord’s victory.
When you consider the Lord’s great victory, what areas of your life have not witnessed such a victory? What areas can you still not say, “the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people?” On the flip side, share in the comments how you’ve seen the Lord’s victory in your life as we encourage one another today.
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate