Like Smoke and Wax

Read Psalm 68:1-6

Someone has said that a person is known not only by the friends he keeps but also by the enemies he makes. The Lord Jesus had enemies. David had enemies. Anyone who stands up for what is right will have enemies. But notice what these enemies are like--"as smoke is driven away" (v. 2). Who's afraid of smoke? It can smother us, but if we keep fresh air coming in--the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit--it can't bother us. David also compares his enemies to melting wax (v. 2). A burning candle is a picture of what will happen to God's enemies. The smoke is quickly blown away, and the wax quietly melts. God gets the victory.

"So let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God" (vv. 2,3). Why? Because of what God does for us. "Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds" (v. 4). I like that picture. God is the Great Conqueror, riding upon the heavens.

He also is "a father of the fatherless" (v. 5). He comes right where we are to comfort and heal our broken hearts. Furthermore, God is Judge and Redeemer. He frees those who are bound with chains.

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Are you feeling oppressed by your enemies? Leave the burden with your Father, and let Him be your Conqueror.

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