“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let Us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” Genesis 11:1-9 (KJV).
“And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp. And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let Thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee. And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.” Numbers 10:34-36 (KJV)
I have heard the phrase, “She’s walking in a cloud” or something similar; but this cloud would take on a whole new meaning. This is not the first time it has been mentioned and it is relevant due to the children leaving Mount Sinai at this point.
They have received all their instructions, and the Law, and the building of the Tabernacle has been completed.
This cloud became a Pillar of Fire at night. This Cloud and Pillar of Fire are connected with the Ark of the covenant. They are one in representing the presence of the LORD with Israel in the wilderness.
“The cloud of the LORD” was a covering for them from the hot sun during the day. The Psalmist speaks of this in Psalm 105:39. When the Cloud moved the people went with the Cloud.
Prayer is offered by Moses as the Cloud leads the way, “Rise up, LORD, and let Thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee.” It is for certain that no enemy can stand against GOD.
The Christian has the very presence of the LORD within. We too are directed by God; led by God, filled by God; and made holy by Him. He is our refreshment, our protection, and our strength. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that hate Him flee before Him.” Psalm 68:1 (KJV)
I would think that David had read the writings of Moses, and would have known the prayer of Moses on this same order (Numbers 10:35).
Many will be thinking that read this that “Well God would have no enemies”, but all who refuse to see God as God are His enemies. All who refuse to hear His Word. All who refuse to believe His Son. All who refuse to come to Him His way, but seek other ways. These are all His enemies.
Are you the enemy of God? “Let God arise” in your heart and life today, through the cross of His Son Jesus. The enemy of God in your heart will flee when you invite Jesus in. “Let His enemies be scattered” by the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ.
Christian. Let God arise in your life that the enemies you and I face flee. Let us pray that the soul will flee unto Christ, and be delivered from the enemy of men’s souls. That enemy is Satan, the devil. He is already defeated. Defeated by the cross of Jesus, and proved to be true by the resurrection of Jesus.
God does have enemies. Make sure you are not one. God has made provision for those who might hate Him;
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:8-10
Let God arise in your heart and life today. Come to Him through His provision of the gift of Jesus Christ.
“O God, Thou hast cast us off, Thou hast scattered us, Thou hast been displeased; O turn Thyself to us again.” Psalm 60:1 (KJV)
Contrary to the way this Psalm begins it is really a Psalm of victory. Of God being the Deliverer.
Just for a short thought. It may feel sometimes as though God has cast us off, scattered us from our people, and from Himself; and/or even that He is displeased with us; however, there is always hope for the child of God.
With this one verse we see the Psalmists’ hope “O turn Thyself to us again”, and God always hears the cry of His people.
Remember how much God loves you. He sent His Son to die on the cross for us, for you, and by trusting that precious work of Christ you can look to Him and live eternally.