Daily Bible Reading

March 3, 2022

Psalm 68:1-18(GNT)

God’s Renewing Word of Prayer


Psalm 68:1-18: Today we begin reading the first half of Psalm 68, a psalm that focuses on praising God. It includes a historical recollection of God’s constant presence and care for the Israelites in the desert after they left Egypt, and victories in battles with Canaanite kings. Some obscure references in this psalm have led some scholars to surmise that this psalm is comprised of fragments from other known writings (i.e., Judges 5:4, 5, 16).

Scripture Reading

A National Song of Triumph

1God rises up and scatters his enemies.

Those who hate him run away in defeat.

2As smoke is blown away, so he drives them off;

as wax melts in front of the fire,

so do the wicked perish in God’s presence.

3But the righteous are glad and rejoice in his presence;

they are happy and shout for joy.

4Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

prepare a way for him who rides on the clouds.

His name is the Lord—be glad in his presence!

5God, who lives in his sacred Temple,

cares for orphans and protects widows.

6He gives the lonely a home to live in

and leads prisoners out into happy freedom,

but rebels will have to live in a desolate land.

7O God, when you led your people,

when you marched across the desert,

8 the earth shook, and the sky poured down rain,

because of the coming of the God of Sinai,

the coming of the God of Israel.

9You caused abundant rain to fall

and restored your worn-out land;

10your people made their home there;

in your goodness you provided for the poor.

11The Lord gave the command,

and many women carried the news:

12“Kings and their armies are running away!”

The women at home divided what was captured:

13figures of doves covered with silver,

whose wings glittered with fine gold.

(Why did some of you stay among the sheep pens on the day of battle?)

14When Almighty God scattered the kings on Mount Zalmon,

he caused snow to fall there.

15What a mighty mountain is Bashan,

a mountain of many peaks!

16Why from your mighty peaks do you look with scorn

on the mountain on which God chose to live?

The Lord will live there forever!

17With his many thousands of mighty chariots

the Lord comes from Sinai into the holy place.

18 He goes up to the heights,

taking many captives with him;

he receives gifts from rebellious people.

The Lord God will live there.

Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 68:4

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; prepare a way for him who rides on the clouds. His name is the LORD—be glad in his presence!


How is God described in the opening verses (1-6)? Verses 7-18 have been likened to a procession, beginning with the departure in Egypt and concluding with entry into the Jerusalem Temple. When reading these verses, see if you are able to follow the Israelites’ journey.


Almighty God, I sing your praises. You are holy, and I rejoice in your presence. Lead me and guide me each day as I grow in knowledge of your ways. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Psalm 68:19-35: A song of triumph

Share Today's Daily Bible Reading With a Friend:

Daily Bible Reading Archive

Lectura diaria de la Biblia está también disponible en español


Sign Up Now

To receive Daily Bible Reading in your inbox every morning.

Also receive Bible-reading tips, tools and resources.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.