Choosing Zion For His Dwelling Place

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The great mountains of the land of Basham (v. 15) no doubt refers to Mount Hermon, the highest snow capped peak in the Middle East, just a few miles north of Basham. The psalmists intent was to show that Israel would be victorious by divine design (sovereignty), rather than by human ingenuity. Choosing Zion (v. 16) for His dwelling place, God entered the city with a vast company of angelic hosts riding in chariots (v. 17). The psalmist pictures the mountains leaping up and down with envy at the place God chose to be His dwelling place! God did not choose the higher peaks of Palestine but a much humbler hill.

There are three major clauses found in verse 19. They are as follows:

  1. “Thou has ascended on high” - This refers to the ark ascending into the sanctuary on Mount Zion.
  2. “Thou hast led captivity captive” - This indicates that many have been captured and taken prisoner in Israel’s struggle to secure Canaan.
  3. “Thou hast received gifts for men” - This indicates that tribute money has been paid by Israel’s enemies to the chosen nation of God.

This is grace exemplified in its highest form. God is seeking the rebels who nailed Christ to the tree, finding a place for them in the family of God and bestowing upon them His grace.


God in His sovereignty sets His people free and crushes His enemies. I should not waste my time fighting the battles of life but let the Lord fight my battles for me.

Psalms 68:15-23 (English Standard Version)

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