Psalms 68:18–19 NKJV
“You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the Lord God might dwell there. Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah”
-The Psalmist delivers a prophetic message of hope regarding the coming of our Messiah. He came to dwell among the people including the rebellious and deliver the captives. Those who believe in Him, He gives gifts through the power of the Holy Spirit. In His kindness and love, He saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-5).
Spiritual awakening involves knowing God and following His divine will. The Israelites were delivered and set free from slavery in Egypt under the rulership of Pharaoh but they did not submit to God. They experienced the wrath of God and went round the wildereness for fourty (40) years where an entire generation perished. They did not enter rest. God is calling us saying, if today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts (Hebrews 3:7-11). Later on, the Israelites were captured again into slavery by king Nebuchadnezzar which lasted more than seventy (70) years. They rebelled against the words of God and despised His counsel. They were brought down with hard labor, chains and bars of iron. In their distress they cried out to the Lord and He saved them. King Saul also rebelled against God. He was dethroned and his kingdom taken away from him and his generations. He spared king Agag and the best of the Amalekites livestock even as God instructed him to destroy everything. Rebellion is compared to the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness like idolatry (1 Samuel 15:22-23). We are called to fear God and always do His purpose. The devil is the author of rebellion. He rebelled from the beginning and fought with angel Michael. He has cast down as a fallen angel and deceives men to disobey God and leads the whole world astray (Revelation 12:7–10). He is the sower of tares among wheat (Matthew 13:24–30), and his objective is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). We are called to obey God and submit to Him in everything. To fear the Lord and to keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). To stay alert and pray always, especially in the spirit.
Dear Lord Jesus only You are worthy to be praised. Only You deserve to be adored. Only You are God and all the other gods are idols made by human hands. They cannot see nor hear us when we call. Only You are glorified, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father in glory and majesty. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus You are Lord to the glory of God the Father. You are the Holy one of God, thank You for saving us through Your mercy and grace. Thank You for washing us with Your precious blood into a rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. May You save all those who are lost and secure them in Your kingdom. May Your message of hope and peace reach all the unreached and transform our hearts to fear You and follow Your statutes. May You bless all our students undertaking their exams and grant them success. May You respond to all our needs and hearts desires dear Jesus. May You help us and save us from oppression and depression in our economy and nation. May You bless our nation and all its people. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You shine Your face towards us and be gracious unto us. May You show Your countenance unto us and give us peace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
Further reading: John 1:1-14