Jim Bramlett (17 May 2011)
"An exhortation"


Dear friends:

It was a great privilege to first experience the Spirit-filled life back in the early 1970s. There was a great move of God then.  Home groups and churches all over the world were singing the same Scripture songs, right out of the King James Version.  Most of my Scripture memorization came from those songs, and I still tend to quote verses using the King James English!

Even today, the Holy Spirit will often reach back into my mind and pull out one of those songs, and put it on my lips.

It happened again this morning.  I woke up and just out of nowhere I began singing Psalm 68:4.  Here are the words:

Sing unto God, sing praises to His name;
Sing unto God, sing praises to His name.
Extol Him that rideth on the heavens by His name, 
Extol Him that rideth on the heavens by His name,
Extol Him that rideth on the heavens by His name,
by His name JAH
and rejoice before Him.
and rejoice before Him.
and rejoice rejoice before Him.

(Repeat 99 times, as we did back in those days!)

The name "Jah" is the KJV incorrect spelling of the short form, YAH, of God's sacred name, Yahweh.  "Jah" only appears one time in the entire KJV.  Other translations typically say "the LORD" instead of JAH.

In summary, Psalm 68:4 exhorts us to do four things:

1.  Sing to God,
2.  Sing praises to Him.
3.  Extol Him.
4.  Rejoice before Him.

Let's do it!

Read the whole psalm to get the context.  Verses 19 and 20 say:

Praise be to the Lord,
to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens. Selah
Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. 

Praise His name!

Jim