When God Rebukes the Spearmen

Michael Beck

“Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.” (Psalm 68:30,31)

The Lord is mighty to rebuke “spearmen” and “bulls,” those who rejoice in their own strength and “delight in war.” He rebukes murderous Sauls and scatters them away from their crooked paths and purposes and into a street called Straight. He raises up those who were dead in their sins and trespasses, correcting their course to walk in newness of life. He removes them from the train of the rebellious god of this world who defiantly proclaims, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him?” He breaks their stubborn pride in an amazing mix of judgment and love. He opens their eyes to see the anointed Lord who sits at His right hand. He calls them to kiss the Son and serve Him with holy fear and rejoice with trembling. Then it is that strangers, once alienated from the life and working of the true God, submit themselves to the power of a new life at work within them, stretching out their hands while saying, “Lord, what will You have me to do?”

Be still, and know that He is God. He knows how to exalt Himself among the heathen. By His power, He breaks spears into pieces, turns bulls into lambs, and makes holy princes from those who once lived in Egypt.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.