Whenever the ark set out, Moses would say: “Arise, Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, and those who hate You flee from Your presence” (Numbers 10:35). No enemy could withstand the presence of God, as represented in the ark of the covenant.
As the presence of God led His people He made Himself known as a father to the fatherless, a protector of widows, One who set the solitary in a family, One who gives release to those in bondage. As God leads His people the very earth which He created responds to His stride with earthquakes, abundant rainfall, and restoration of land which the enemy had despoiled.
“Blessed be the Lord— day after day he carries us along.” (Psalm 68:19, The Message). As David brought the Ark into Jerusalem it was a celebration of God’s victorious presence in his own life. Enemies were defeated and obstacles were overcome. The procession of priests, Levites, singers, and others celebrating the coming home of the Ark was noted across the region.
“God, You are awe-inspiring in Your sanctuaries. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. May God be praised!” (Psalm 68:35, HCSB) Prior to Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father the followers of Jesus wanted to know if that event signaled the coming of God’s kingdom in power. Jesus’ answer reminds His followers that there are some pieces of God’s plan yet unknown. What we do know is that as God is present He does give power and strength.
As God arises, let us celebrate His provision. Let us mark His activity in the midst of enemy territory with trust as He carries us along and testimony as we proclaim His activity.