Psalm 66

Psalm 66 is likely not written by David.  It was written to be recited on Easter day by the Greek Church.  The focus is on how everyone can praise God.  “Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise”!  The entire earth is in view in this Psalm.  All of us need to praise God.  All of us need to shout, sing and praise His name.  He is worthy of our praise.  We can’t go through life merely ignoring God.  The psalmist reminds us that God is God of all, and we need to all joyfully praise Him.

In case we don’t know how to do that, the psalmist gives us some direction.  “Say to God, How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name”.  The writer gives some practical guidance for the one who wants to praise God, telling them specifically what to say. He doesn’t mean this in a mechanical or impersonal way, but as help to the heart that truly does want to praise God but needs some instruction as to how.

There is no shortage of things to praise God for.  “Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations – let not the rebellious exalt themselves”.  And in case we can’t think of what God’ has done, the psalmist reminds us of how faithful God has been and how awesome His power has been displayed.  God is and has been there for everything that has happened, and is the author of all that is, has been and will be.

The psalmist gives his personal testimony to how great God is.  “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me”!  The psalmist makes it clear that this is about more than merely words or vows or sacrifice.  Obedience is the highest form of praise to God.  It is essential to receiving God’s blessing.  Sin gets in the way of that.  We have to live a live worthy of Him – as the prayer which God hears is the prayer of the convicted, repentant and obedient heart of those who love God.

Advertisements

One response to this post.

  1. Thank you for this!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: