Daily Rhythm Jan 17
The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host: “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!” The women at home divide the spoil—though you men lie among the sheepfolds— the wings of a dove covered with silver, its pinions with shimmering gold. When the Almighty scatters kings there, let snow fall on Zalmon.
These are complicated verses in our modern languages. The sense is one of celebrating the victory of God. That is just the primary point. God wins a victory and his people enjoy the spoils. As you begin a day of moving toward your goals, remember – God is the victor, to his people go the spoils.
O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan! Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desired for his abode, yes, where the LORD will dwell forever? The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary. You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.
God’s victory is certain, and something for his people to enjoy! Enjoy that today. Pray and ask God for joy in him and in his power and glory.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation, and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death. But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways. The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, that you may strike your feet in their blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”
Again, we see quite graphic and poetic language. The Lord bears up his people. He is our salvation. Praise him and thank him for holding you up through this day.