How are the Psalms fulfilled in light of Christ?
I think this is a massive question way beyond the scope of a post, but here I try to have a go at reading Psalm 68 through the lens of Christ’s death and resurrection. It helped me see things I wouldn’t have seen before.
68 God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
and those who hate him shall flee before him!
It is very easy to read this as just referring to end of the world, judgement day, revelation kind of things. But in light of the resurrection, I think it brings a new perspective. Particularly the notion ‘God shall arise’. God literally did arise, and in that moment he absolutely conquered all of his enemies. What more could they do? If even death wasn’t enough to stop him? They had no other choice but to flee.
2 As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
as wax melts before fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God!
Possibly reading too much into this, but it sounds like the psalmist is saying that even after God has arisen, he will drive them away over time. The image of wax melting supports this I think. While God’s enemies have fled before him at the resurrection, they haven’t been totally annihilated. But God promises that just as wax will inevitably melt before a fire, so too will evil eventually be wiped out before him.
3 But the righteous shall be glad;
they shall exult before God;
they shall be jubilant with joy!
The use of ‘But’ might be an acknowledgement of the fact that even though this will take time, the righteous will be glad. Even though evil will be allowed to flee for sometime, there will be joy for God’s people. Even though evil has not completely perished, there is joy on offer for God’s people. Joy in the fact that he has arisen and done what he promised to do.
I think there is joy to be found in this today. Do we find joy in the fact that our God has arisen. That evil flees before him. That one day, despite the nightmares we see through our media, evil will perish? That this is as inevitable as wax melting before a fire?
At this point I realise that doing this for each verse requires a few more words than I have!!! So I’ll leave it to you!
Praying we would continue to grow in our wonder that our God has arisen.