Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2009-01-14 ILC Chapel — God has called us to…

God has called us to be members of His family.


Date : 2009-01-14
Speaker : Professor Paul Schaller

Psalm 68 (Listen)

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

68:1   God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
    and those who hate him shall flee before him!
  As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
    as wax melts before fire,
    so the wicked shall perish before God!
  But the righteous shall be glad;
    they shall exult before God;
    they shall be jubilant with joy!

  Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
    lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
  his name is the LORD;
    exult before him!
  Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.
  God settles the solitary in a home;
    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

  O God, when you went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
  the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God,1 the God of Israel.
  Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
    you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10   your flock2 found a dwelling in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

11   The Lord gives the word;
    the women who announce the news are a great host:
12     “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
  The women at home divide the spoil—
13     though you men lie among the sheepfolds—
  the wings of a dove covered with silver,
    its pinions with shimmering gold.
14   When the Almighty scatters kings there,
    let snow fall on Zalmon.

15   O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
    O many-peaked3 mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16   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?
17   The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
    thousands upon thousands;
    the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
18   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.

19   Blessed be the Lord,
    who daily bears us up;
    God is our salvation. Selah
20   Our God is a God of salvation,
    and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21   But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
    the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
22   The Lord said,
    “I will bring them back from Bashan,
  I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23   that you may strike your feet in their blood,
    that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”

24   Your procession is4 seen, O God,
    the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
25   the singers in front, the musicians last,
    between them virgins playing tambourines:
26   “Bless God in the great congregation,
    the LORD, O you5 who are of Israel’s fountain!”
27   There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
    the princes of Judah in their throng,
    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28   Summon your power, O God,6
    the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
29   Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings shall bear gifts to you.
30   Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
    the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
  Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
    scatter the peoples who delight in war.7
31   Nobles shall come from Egypt;
    Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.

32   O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
    sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33   to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
    behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34   Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    and whose power is in the skies.
35   Awesome is God from his8 sanctuary;
    the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
  Blessed be God!


[1] 68:8 Or before God, even Sinai before God

[2] 68:10 Or your congregation

[3] 68:15 Or hunch-backed; also verse 16

[4] 68:24 Or has been

[5] 68:26 The Hebrew for you is plural here

[6] 68:28 By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew Your God has summoned your power

[7] 68:30 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain

[8] 68:35 Septuagint; Hebrew your


Hymn: TLH 90: Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising Organ Audio

1. Come, your hearts and voices raising, 
Christ the Lord with gladness praising; 
Loudly sing His love amazing, 
Worthy folk of Christendom. 

2. Sin and death may well be groaning, 
Satan now may well be moaning; 
We, our full salvation owning, 
Cast our every care away. 

3. See how God, for us providing, 
Gave His Son and life abiding; 
He our weary steps is guiding 
From earth’s woe to heavenly joy. 

4. Christ, from heaven to us descending 
And in love our race befriending, 
In our need His help extending, 
Saved us from the wily Foe. 

5. Jacob’s Star in all its splendor 
Beams with comfort sweet and tender, 
Forcing Satan to surrender, 
Breaking all the powers of hell. 

6. From the bondage that oppressed us, 
From sin’s fetters that possessed us, 
From the grief that sore distressed us, 
We, the captives, now are free. 

7. Oh, the joy beyond expressing 
When by faith we grasp this blessing 
And to Thee we come confessing, 
That our freedom thou hast wrought! 

8. Gracious Child, we pray Thee, hear us, 
From Thy lowly manger cheer us, 
Gently lead us and be near us 
Till we join the angelic choir. 

2009 Chapels -