Psalm 66: Let Me Tell You What He Has Done For Me

Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”

  1. “Shout… “sing… say” biblical worship is loud and passionate!
  2. “Your enemies cringe before you” God has enemies, and he’s not having them over for tea!
  3. “All the earth bows” Big idea: The works of God are to be displayed through in such a way that even the wicked acknowledge it.
  4. God’s “glory” and “power” are displayed in what He does in, and through and for His people (cf. Mat. 5:13-16)!

Come and see what God has done,
    his awesome deeds for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land,
    they passed through the waters on foot—
    come, let us rejoice in him.
He rules forever by his power,
    his eyes watch the nations—
    let not the rebellious rise up against him.

  1. “Come and see what God has done” God’s works are not merely and esoteric. From creation and onward, God’s works are powerful and tangible- you can see them!
  2. “He turned the sea into dry land” recounts Israel’s exodus out of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea (Ex. 14:21-15:8). Christians likewise are called to remember Christ’s death for our sins (Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-25).
  3. “Let not the rebellious rise up” God’s deliverance of His people usually involves a foil. Some stubborn fool will oppress God’s people for a time until He comes and makes an example of them (i.e. Haman, Pharaoh, Herod).

Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives
    and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

  1. “He has preserved our lives” Through all the trials, we are still here! God has kept us!
  2. “For you, God, tested us” Recounts how God not only delivered them, but how He disciplined them. God purposed affliction and suffering for the good of His people (Rom. 8:28; 1 Peter 1:6-9; 4:19; Heb. 5:8).
  3. “A place of abundance” Hebrew, revayah – “satisfaction.” God satisfies our greatest desires and longings!

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
    and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
    when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
    and an offering of rams;
    I will offer bulls and goats.

  1. “Burnt offerings… fat animals” We give to God with gratitude out of abundance He has provided!
  2. New covenant sacrifices and offerings include the praise of our lips (Heb. 13:15), those we lead to Christ (Rom. 15:16), our financial gifts (2 Cor. 8:19), and our very selves (Rom. 12:1).

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
    let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
    his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!

  1. “Let me tell you” God has given us a testimony so we can encourage other saints (1:3-11)!

What Has God Done For You? Tell the world and give Him glory!

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