Psalm 66 – Praise to God for His Awesome Works

Published March 15, 2023 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

Dear Reader, Psalm 66 concentrates our focus of who our God is. It is a psalm that focuses upon His glory.

Psalm 66 is a psalm of declaration!

1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Sing out the honor of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
Say to God,
“How awesome are Your works!
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
All the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name.” 

Psalm 66 is an invitation.

Come and see the works of God;
He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
He turned the sea into dry land;
They went through the river on foot.
There we will rejoice in Him.
He rules by His power forever;
His eyes observe the nations;
Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.

Psalm 66 gives the answer, in our times of trial and chastisement.

Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
Who keeps our soul among the living,
And does not allow our feet to be moved.
10 For You, O God, have tested us;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
11 You brought us into the net;
You laid affliction on our backs.
12 You have caused men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

Psalm 66 is our call into worship.

13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings;
I will pay You my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered
And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals,
With the sweet aroma of rams;
I will offer bulls with goats.

Psalm 66 is a psalm for God’s people. Beloved of the LORD, He hears you!

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
19 But certainly God has heard me;
He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer,
Nor His mercy from me!

Psalm 66 shall lead us unto prayer. Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

How great You are. Not only have You made us, given us a world in which to seek Your glory, but have saved us from our sins. Your Son fulfills Psalm 66. The Holy Spirit works such fulfillment in my heart. Blessed be Your holy name. In Christ, Amen.

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