Thursday 3 August, 2017

Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm. 1 Shout to God for joy, everyone on earth! 2 Sing about the glory of his name! Give him glorious praise! 3 Say to God, “What wonderful things you do! Your power is so great that your enemies bow down to you in fear. 4 Everyone on earth bows down to you. They sing praise to you. They sing the praises of your name.” 5 Come and see what God has done. See what wonderful things he has done for people! 6 He turned the Red Sea into dry land. The people of Israel passed through the waters on foot. Come, let us be full of joy because of what he did. 7 He rules by his power forever. His eyes watch the nations. Let no one who refuses to obey him rise up against him. 8 Praise our God, all you nations. Let the sound of the praise you give him be heard. 9 He has kept us alive. He has kept our feet from slipping. 10 God, you have tested us. You put us through fire to make us like silver. 11 You put us in prison. You placed heavy loads on our backs. 12 You let our enemies ride their chariots over our heads. We went through fire and water. But you brought us to a place where we have everything we need. 13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings. I will keep my promises to you. 14 I made them with my lips. My mouth spoke them when I was in trouble. 15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you as burnt offerings. I will offer rams, bulls and goats to you. 16 Come and hear, all you who have respect for God. Let me tell you what he has done for me. 17 I cried out to him with my mouth. I praised him with my tongue. 18 If I had enjoyed having sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 But God has surely listened. He has heard my prayer. 20 Give praise to God. He has accepted my prayer. He has not held back his love from me.

This psalm is a persistent call to action – so many verbs!… Shout (for joy), Sing (of His name), Make (His praise glorious), Say (to God that He is awesome), Come and See (what God has done), Praise (our God), Come (to His temple), Come and Hear (what God has done), Cry (out to Him).

Strong, healthy relationships are built on mutual involvement. It’s easy to grow passive in our relationship with God from time to time, and end up taking Him for granted. This psalm is a good reminder of the need to be verbal in our praise of God and proactive in our seeking Him day by day – not just on Sunday in church.

Today as I write this, I am taking just a few minutes out of the busyness of life to listen to worship music, spend time focusing on God and worshiping Him. So needed and so good for the soul!

Father God, I thank You that You love to hear from Your people, that You incline Your hear to listen. Help me to remember You in my everyday life and not take for granted the awesome privilege it is to speak with You.

Written by Shelley Witt

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