The signs of the times – 29

“Let God arise, let His foes be scattered. Let those who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is blown away, so will they be blown away; like wax that melts before the fire, so the wicked shall perish at the presence of God. But the just shall rejoice at the presence of God, they shall exult and dance for joy. O sing to Yahweh, play music to His name, make a highway for Him who rides on the clouds. Rejoice in Yahweh, exult at His presence. Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, such is God in His holy place. God gives the lonely a home to live in; He leads the prisoners forth into freedom, but rebels must live in a parched land.”

“When You went forth, O God, at the head of Your people, when You marched across the desert, the earth trembled: the heavens melted at the presence of God, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. You poured down, O God, a generous rain: when Your people were starved You gave them new life. It was there that Your people found a home, prepared in Your goodness, O God, for the poor.”

“The Lord gives the word to the bearers of good tidings: ‘The Almighty has defeated a numberless army and kings and armies are in flight, in flight while you were at rest among the sheepfolds.’ At home the women already share the spoil. They are covered with silver as the wings of a dove, its feathers brilliant with shining gold and jewels flashing like snow on Mount Zalmon” (Ps 68:1-13).