Psalm 68 – “Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist praises God and calls upon others to do the same.

II. Photo
The psalmist speaks of his enemies: “You disperse them as smoke is dispersed; as wax melts at fire, so the wicked shall perish before God.” (v. 3)

III. Select Verses    
8-10: O God, when You went at the head of Your army, when You marched through the desert, Selah. the earth trembled, the sky rained because of God, yon Sinai, because of God, the God of Israel. You released a bountiful rain, O God; when Your own land languished, You sustained it.
16-17: O majestic mountain, Mount Bashan; O jagged mountain, Mount Bashan; why so hostile, O jagged mountains, toward the mountain God desired as His dwelling? The LORD shall abide there forever.
25-27: Men see Your processions, O God, the processions of my God, my king, into the sanctuary. First come singers, then musicians, amidst maidens playing timbrels. In assemblies bless God, the LORD, O you who are from the fountain of Israel.
33-36: O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; chant hymns to the Lord, Selah. to Him who rides the ancient highest heavens, who thunders forth with His mighty voice. Ascribe might to God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose might is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in Your holy places; it is the God of Israel who gives might and power to the people. Blessed is God.

IV. Outline
1. Superscription
2-3. Hymnic praise/imprecation
4. Hymnic wish
5. Call to praise
6-7. Hymnic praise
8-15. Hymnic praise
16-19. Mountain hymn
20a. Blessing
20b-21. Affirmation of confidence
22. Imprecation/wish
23-24. Oracle
25-28. Account of the procession
29-30. Blessing/wish
31-32. Imprecation/wish
33-36. Hymnic call to praise

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
Tate, Marvin. “Psalms 51-100” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 20 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1990).
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