Psalm 68

God's Triumph and Provision for His People


Intro: In Psalm 68, the psalmist praises God for His triumph, power, and provision for His people. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate conqueror and provider for His followers. We will explore the themes of God's victory, His care for the needy, and His provision for His people.

Section 1: God's Victory and Triumph (vs 1-6)

"May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 8:37 (NIV), "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."


Section 2: God's Care for the Needy (vs 7-10)

"When you, God, went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV), "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."


Section 3: God's Provision for His People (vs 32-35)

"Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens. You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV), "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."



Psalm 68 is a majestic hymn of praise celebrating God's victory, His provision, and His care for His people, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's exultation of God as the One who rides through the deserts and the heavens points to Jesus as the triumphant King who ascended to heaven and will return in glory (Acts 1:9-11, Revelation 19:11-16). 

The psalmist's depiction of God as a Father to the fatherless reflects Jesus' role as the advocate for the marginalized and His revelation of God's fatherly love (John 14:9, James 1:27). 

The psalmist's description of God as the One who daily bears us up and provides salvation prefigures Jesus' care and intercession for His followers (Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1). 

The psalmist's praise for God's victories over His enemies aligns with Jesus' triumph over sin, death, and Satan through His death and resurrection (Colossians 2:15, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57). 

The psalmist's exhortation to sing praises to God emphasizes our response of worship and gratitude to Jesus, who is the object of our adoration and devotion (Colossians 3:16, Revelation 5:12). 

Psalm 68 leads us to Jesus as the victorious King, the compassionate Savior, and the object of our worship, inviting us to rejoice in His triumph and find refuge and strength in His unfailing love.