“Praise before Petitions”
He is a father to the fatherless; he gives justice to the widows, for he is holy.
He gives families to the lonely, and releases prisoners from jail, singing with joy! But for rebels there is famine and distress.
This Psalm is so wonderful, written for a time of joy, the day that the ark of the covenant was taken back to Mount Zion. Previous to this point in time, the ark was captured by the Philistines, miraculously returned to Israel, and stored at the home of Obed-Edom.
Now it is being returned and King David is dancing before the ark’s processional with all his heart, and he wrote this Psalm as a memorial to Father God.
Psalm 68 is worthy of study; in fact, it is worthy of a whole sermon. But in verses one through six we can see an insight into prayer. King David starts off with praise, this is the blueprint for prayer: “Praise before Petitions.”
Many times, over the years I have been asked by single people to pray that God would give them a husband or a wife and this is the verse I pray. A distraught mother once asked me to pray for her son who was in jail for manslaughter, I did, and she asked me to go visit him, so I went.
When I met the young man, he asked me if I was the one that had prayed with his mother and I said yes, he told me that the District attorney had dropped all charges, and the young man was all smiles.
I’ve noticed in my life when everything seemed hopeless, that when I prayed and reminded God what He had done for me, the times He saved me, restored me, and remembered me, my confidence in God would surge, my shoulders would lift up, and when that happens.
You just found… faith
He is: Jehovah Uzzi
The Lord My Strength