“The Lord gave the word;
Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
‘Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
Though you lie down among the sheepfolds,
You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her feathers with yellow gold.’
When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
It was white as snow in Zalmon.”
– Psalm 68.11-14
There are thousands of promises in God’s Word, the Bible, that are potentially ours when we learn how to find them, claim them and believe them by faith. God will give each one of us as many of those promises that we seek out and grasp. He also gives us promises in our spirits about our lives according to His best plans that He has for us. Finding Bible verses that affirm God’s promises and speaking (or prophesying) those verses over ourselves will boost our faith and cast out all doubt. We can start speaking God’s Words over our lives instead of babbling our own imaginings, worries and fears. We can seek out God’s promises and begin to claim them over and over again until they come to pass. We can write them down, take pictures of them, voice record them and say them any time doubt comes to rob our faith. Our faith is precious, and it is gives God access to move supernaturally in our lives.
“The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaim it: ‘Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home divides the spoil.”
When we step out on God’s promises, we begin to take ground that has not been claimed. The enemy doesn’t like this and his cohorts are all over this desolate land. He doesn’t want us to expand our territory because he knows we bring the Holy Spirit with us into our new property, furthering God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6.10). We should expect hardships, setbacks and lots of waiting when we begin our march into God’s promises. But our main tactic of victory, besides perseverance, will be to use our words backed up by belief to profess our triumph. God wants us to win, but we must “remain” in His promises and never step back, relent or give up! We should always be taking new ground or holding our ground against attack. As Christians, we can come together and claim God’s promises for others and for ourselves, like a host of brothers and sisters, staking out and establishing all the nations for Christ!
King David wrote Psalm 68, and he was aware of how difficult it was to take new ground for God. He also knew from experience that he needed to bring the Ark of the Covenant, which represents the Holy Spirit, into the land to have God’s abundance and blessings (ref 2 Samuel 6). There are armies of the enemy that hate God, hate beauty, hate purity and hate good. God gives us grace and favor in order to overcome these oppressors, so we can be conduits of God’s love and salvation to all people. God wants us to stretch out our borders, so we can bring the Holy Spirit into all the corners of the earth—pushing back the enemy into the abyss where he belongs (Revelation 20.3).
“The march of the good is opposed by enemies.”
“The march of the good is marked by trials.” (ref 1)
We march into the wilderness of God’s blessings; and as we use our words by faith, the deserts will transform into lush lands through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. But we must first march into the wilderness, trusting that God will bring forth springs in the desert areas of our lives (Isaiah 41.18). The enemies will scatter and those who have waited and trusted on God will “divide the spoil” of God’s blessings, favor and grace. Christians can proclaim each victory, so that the lands of God’s People expand across the earth. Walking into God’s promises is not for the weak for faint of heart. We will have to stretch ourselves to the limits and fortify our faith. We will face giants and armies of evil kings, but greater is God who is in us than all the enemies of the world (1 John 4.4). When we rest in God’s power and strength, no victory will be out of our reach!
“Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold.”
Doing battle to claim new territory according to God’s promises will be messy. In fact, David in this Psalm compares the fight to achieving God’s promises to lying down in a sheepfold. The word sheepfold has two meanings. 1) It was the filthy holding pen for animals. 2) It was a tool used in the sacrifice of animals. When Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, the event was bloody and messy. He took the sins of the world and poured out His blood to cleanse all of us, so we could have a relationship with God—the ultimate victory! This chaotic and messy event over 2,000 years ago released forgiveness, grace and favor across space and time. God promises us that though the fight will be messy, bloody and chaotic, we will be pure and clean like the wings of a dove, glowing gold and silver. God’s sees His goodness all over us because He sees us through the blood of Christ. We can’t focus on the mess of the battle or else we will become discouraged and lose hope. Instead, we can focus on the ultimate victory that God has already won on our behalf!
“When the Almighty scattered kings in it, It was white as snow in Zalmon.”
Finally, David makes a reference to a bloody battle of kings that took place on the mountain of Zalmon from Judges 9. This fight was messy. People plotted, attacked and murdered. The mountain of Zalmon was thick and dark with trees, and its history of fire and sin was just as thick and dark. But David prophesies over this mountain. He proclaims that God has scattered all the kings, the enemies of the Lord, and now the mountain is white as snow. This dense, dark mountain riddled with fires of schemers and haters is now covered in a blanket of moist, white snow—all evidence of the mess and chaos have been wiped clean! If we can stay faithful to God, stepping out on His promises and not giving up when times get hard, He will supernaturally intervene. We will have the purity of doves and our Promise Land will gleam with God’s presence.
~ ref 1 (The Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary by Baker Books: Book 11 pg. 343-344)