David states this truth clearly with these words: “Your God has commanded your strength. . .” (Ps 68:28). It is your God Who gives the command of strength. It does not come from the mind of man; it comes from God – almighty God! He is called here by His Hebrew name, Elohim.
In Psalm 27:1 David declares: “. . . the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?” And in Psalm 29:11: “The Lord will give strength to His people. . .” Over and over again, the Bible declares that God alone is the source of our strength.
THE GOD OF POWER AS PICTURED BY THE PSALMIST
It is interesting to note that in Psalm 68, David first pictures the “God of strength” before he presents the “strength of God”. God is revealed as:
Our Father – Psalm 68:5-6
Our Leader – Psalm 68:7-10
Our Commander – Psalm 68:11-14
Our Abode – Psalm 68:15-18
Our Sustainer – Psalm 68:19-20
Our Chastener – Psalm 68:21
Our Avenger – Psalm 68:22-23
Our King – Psalm 68:24-26
Our Strength – Psalm 68:27-28
The Bible reveals God as a Father bringing His children into security, equity, unity and liberty. We see Him guide and provide for His people in their march through the wilderness. We watch in great wonder as He wars against His enemies by the great power of His Word. We behold His presence as He graciously dwells among His people. We see Him (in love) chasten, forgive and redirect His wayward family again and again. We are caught up in holy wonder as we see Him in His power, glory and royal majesty: And it is this God – this very same God – Who commands our strength. This is the Lord God Almighty!
GOD AND HIS STRENGTH CANNOT BE SEPARATED
“Your God has commanded your strength. . .” Truly, the strength of God cannot be separated from the God of strength. God’s power is not present apart from His Person. Standing in the holy place of God’s glory within the Tabernacle, David cries out:
“Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds. O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!” (Ps 68:34-35).
It is in the sanctuary or sacred place that God shows His strength and power. While we worship God in our weakness, He works His strength into our being. In worship, we become linked with His life in a powerful way. The Apostle Paul puts this truth in these words: “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). It is interesting to note that Paul does not claim that the power of Christ is apart from the Person of Christ. Rather, he says it is “through Christ” that he finds strength. Paul’s power came from his relationship with the Lord.