Let God Arise! Psalm 68:1
Text: “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also
that hate Him flee before Him.
battle-weary Christian! For many years,
perhaps, you and I - since the Lord God saved our never-dying souls from sin -
have laboured to preach and teach Eternal Salvation through the Atonement
Sacrifice of Christ Jesus at Calvary’s Cross.
sought to be witnesses by giving a word of our own personal testimonies of
Christ’s redemption – confessing our former lives of gross sin against our Holy
Lord God; our hearing/reading of the glorious Gospel message of Salvation
contained in our KJV Bibles; and told of how God granted us His gifts of
repentance from sin and faith to receive Christ Jesus as our own and personal
desired to bear witness to as many other sinner’s souls as we possibly could,
under the power and strength, and opportunities given us by our Sovereign Lord
God. Praise God for the privilege of
shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall
be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto
the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts
Experience: In a
personal capacity, and at all times by the Sovereign grace and enablement of
Almighty Lord God, I was saved in a Maximum-Security Prison cell – cell 9 of H
Block 6, at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, UK – while serving a number of
Life sentences for wicked terrorist assassinations and activities carried out
while an active service member of the Ulster Freedom Fighters terrorist
Legion, in Mark chapter 5:1-20, “…no man could tame me…”; I was totally
unmanageable in the Prison System, and unleashed gross violence on any Prison
Guard that got in my way. I spent most
of my first couple of years imprisonment in solitary confinement, and on what
was called The Loyalist Blanket Protest, for political recognition for
politically motivated offences.
old prison issue King James Version Bible, due to the fact that I had nothing
else to read on solitary confinement – the Lord God in His Sovereign grace
granted me faith in Christ, by the reading of His Word alone! On August 12th, 1979, I yielded my
will to the Lord God, fell upon my knees in full repentance from my vile sins;
and was created a new creature in Christ Jesus; Spiritually quickened and ‘Born
Again’. That was 44 years ago.
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed (or
continually passing) away; behold (look, and fully understand) all things are
become (or are continually becoming) new.
And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus
Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God
was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their
trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of
reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
I spent 16
years in prison, from 1977 to 1993, fourteen of those years as a Spiritually
regenerated, Bible-believing, Christian – and as such, seeking to study God’s
Word to show myself capable and approved of God to “…rightly divide the Word of
truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
time of justly deserved incarceration, there is no doubt that I was brought by
grace through the waters and through the fire of day-to-day oppositions,
afflictions, failings, stumblings, and many Spiritual victories also, for which
I praise and thank the Lord.
“For a just
man falleth seven times (the perfect number of failings), and riseth up again:
but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it,
and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
see the evidences of God’s grace in my new life in Christ, and some turned to
the Lord also, and were gloriously redeemed by Christ’s Blood. Glory, all glory, to the Lamb.
past 30 years, since being finally released from prison – the Lord God has
granted me grace and power to become, first, a Bible-Class Teacher at a Belfast
Church; then formally ordained as a Pastor in a Missions Ministry in 1995; travelled
on Bible Teaching Missions over to America; India; Spain; the Czech Republic;
and all over the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. I have been putting out an International
Bible Lesson/Exposition, like this one now, every week consistently, for about 28
years – and my Bible Teachings are being used in Bible Colleges in Nigeria,
Africa; all over India; China; and America!
To God be the glory, great things He hath done!
Day: At this present time, like many Evangelical,
Bible-believing Pastors, Teachers, and Christians – I honestly admit to often being
so very weary in well-doing.
I can often
be found crying out from my Christian soul, the text for this lesson today:
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that hate Him flee
before Him. As smoke is driven away, so
drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at
the Presence of God. But let the righteous
be glad (made righteous by faith in Christ); let them rejoice before God: yea,
let them exceedingly rejoice.” (Psalm
Oh, that we
Bible-believing Christians might see God arising to subdue His enemies today! Oh Lord, the Battle is not ours but Thine –
bare Thine arm, oh Lord! Amen.
“Let God arise. The ark would have been a poor leader if the Lord had not
been present with the symbol. Before we
move, we should always desire to see the Lord lead the way.” (C.H. Spurgeon,
Treasury of David, page 290)
“Let His enemies be scattered. Our
glorious Captain of the vanguard clears the way readily, however many may seek
to obstruct it; He has but to arise, and they flee. He has easily overthrown His foes in days of
yore, and will do so all through the ages to come. Sin, death, and Hell know the terror of His
arm; their ranks are broken at his approach.
Our enemies are His enemies, and in this is our confidence of
victory.” (C.H. Spurgeon)
“Let them also that hate Him flee before Him.
To hate the infinitely good God is infamous,
and the worst punishment is not too severe.
He comes, He sees, He conquers.
How fitting a prayer is this for the commencement of revival! How it suggests the true mode of conducting
one: the Lord leads the way, His people follow, the enemies flee.” (C.H.
Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 290)
shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him…? Cry out unto the Lord of Hosts, dear
brother/sister – ‘Let God arise today!’