Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the young women playing the timbrels. Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel. -Psalm 68:24–26, NIV

We move from the ugly aftermath of war to the beauty of God’s sanctuary as the victorious King marches to His throne with all the people singing His praise. It’s fascinating and a bit heartbreaking to think about the thing David most wanted to do for God: to build God’s temple. God did not allow it due to the blood on David’s hands. But David never resented that rebuke and always cherished the vision of the place where God would sit in splendor and rule His people. Yes, David was a man after God’s heart, for he saw the true nature of God—which allowed him to point his people’s faces to the coming of Jesus.

If there is one thing that I truly treasure whenever I enter the house of God, it is simply His presence. God’s presence is a constant source of strength and hope for His people. In fact, it is what defines us as His. In Psalm 68 we are reminded that our mighty Lord is not an aloof, austere King who stands far off and is unconcerned for the needs of His people. He daily bears our burdens, provides us a way of escape.

I can just picture this scene of triumph. The ark of the covenant is being carried through the streets to the entrance of the tabernacle. The singers are out front and the musicians are behind. All announce the presence, the victory, and the fullness of God. Yes, when David worshiped God, he saw deep into the future. Let your worship of God bring hope and life to the very heart of who you are.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for revealing yourself to us as we worship you. Thank you for the gift of Jesus, the Victor over all our enemies and battles in life.

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