Wednesday 25 August, 2021

Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm. 1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth! 2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. 4 All the 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, his awesome deeds for mankind! 6 He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot— come, let us rejoice in him. 7 He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations— let not the rebellious rise up against him. 8 Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; 9 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. 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. 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!

Genesis tells us that God SPOKE the world into existence.  God’s spoken word is a creative force.  As God’s people, made in His image – our words (both spoken and written) are a creative force in the earth. 

We need the fear of God to come upon our mouths – how we speak/write. Proverbs 18 v 21 says that we can sow life or death by the power of the tongue.  James 3 encourages us to seriously consider how we speak/write.

I believe that we need great wisdom to not get “sucked into” the world’s way of commenting, opinions, or banter; but to truly Fear God in what we say or write.  What and How we say things can create LIFE or DEATH into situations.

As a “talker”, I have been asking God to help me to listen first, to shut my mouth more, and to speak God’s words; not my voice but HIS; into situations.  I found that last year I needed to retreat off social media.  I couldn’t bear the way people spoke/wrote to each other or “voiced” their opinions about world situations. 

This Psalm says:  Shout, Sing, Tell, Say,….

V 16: “Come and listen, all YOU who fear God, and I will tell you what He did for me.”

I want to encourage us to speak of God’s wonderful work, to praise Him and sow life rather than death.

When we choose to speak/write let us always filter it as though Jesus was standing beside us?

When we choose to praise God and speak like Jesus – V 19: “God did listen.  He paid attention to my prayer.”

I want HIM to HEAR my PRAYER……and answer it.

Lord, make my words be like yours – salted with kindness, goodness, love and grace.  Give me wisdom when I speak or write.  I want your Kingdom to be displayed through me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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  1. Richard says:

    Ps. Sue – love your heart and thoughts here. At SOAP this morning I wrote these thoughts.

    “18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.”

    These are powerful verses. The are so incredibly instructive. The power of sin is more than we ever imagine. Here we learn it has the ability to interrupt our communication with God. That is an interesting truth, an uncomfortable truth. I love that this truth is shared with us so that we not let sin infect us and remain – cherish – is a word of indulgence where I chose to keep sin in my world.

    Then truth about God listening to our prayer comes through – God is listening and He does things as a result of my prayer, your prayer – which is a powerful promise!

    So let me not indulge sin in my heart, Let me pray with expectancy.

    Father thank You that You hear and listen to my prayer and do something about it!

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