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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 66: Thanksgiving for being God's people


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


[Preliminary Comments: The psalmist (unknown)

- In PART 1, determines to praise the Lord and calls others to do the same [v.1,2], acknowledging His greatness [v.3,4]. He calls us to see what the Lord has done [v.5] remembering His deliverance of Israel in the exodus [v.6], a God of power and authority [v.7], worthy of our praise [v.8] as He saves and keeps us [v.9].

- In PART 2 he faces the Lord and prays, reminding himself how the Lord took them into Egypt [v.10,11], then delivered them out of Egypt into the Promised Land [v.12] so now, in relationship with the Lord, he will fulfil the law of worship in the Tabernacle [v.13-15].

- in PART 3 he returns to call us all again, this time to hear his testimony [v.16], how he had called on the Lord [v.17] while seeking to be righteous [v.18], knowing that the Lord had heard him [v.19], God to whom he will give all praise and honour. [v.20]

A psalm that uses history and personal testimony as the basis for praise and prayer.]



PART 1: v.1-9: About God (Declaration)


v.1,2 A Call to all to praise the Lord


v.1  Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
v.2  Sing the glory of his name;
     make his praise glorious.

v.3,4 Acknowledge His Greatness


v.3  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
     So great is your power
     that your enemies cringe before you.
v.4  All the earth bows down to you;
     they sing praise to you,
     they sing the praises of your name.”


v.5 A call to see what He has done


v.5  Come and see what God has done,
     his awesome deeds for mankind!

v.6 Acknowledge Him as Deliverer [at the Exodus]


v.6  He turned the sea into dry land,
     they passed through the waters on foot—
     come, let us rejoice in him.

v.7 Acknowledge Him as Sovereign Ruler


v.7  He rules forever by his power,
     his eyes watch the nations—
     let not the rebellious rise up against him.


v.8 And give Him the praise due to Him


v.8  Praise our God, all peoples,
     let the sound of his praise be heard;

v.9 For He has kept us


v.9  he has preserved our lives
     and kept our feet from slipping.


PART 2: v.10-15: To God (Prayer)


v.10 You, Lord, had dealings with us


v.10  For you, God, tested us;
     you refined us like silver.

v.11 You allowed us to settle in Egypt, that became a prison


v.11  You brought us into prison
     and laid burdens on our backs.

v.12 You delivered us from the taskmasters, to a place of abundance


v.12  You let people ride over our heads;
     we went through fire and water,
     but you brought us to a place of abundance.


v.13 So I will fulfil the law of sacrifice and offerings due to you


v.13  I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
     and fulfill my vows to you—

v.14 Fulfilling the vows I made when I was in difficulties


v.14  vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
     when I was in trouble.

v.15 Yes, I will bring what is due to you.


v.15  I will sacrifice fat animals to you
     and an offering of rams;
     I will offer bulls and goats.



PART 3: v.16-20: Testimony about God


v.16 A call to hear his testimony


v.16  Come and hear, all you who fear God;
     let me tell you what he has done for me.

v.17 He had petitioned and praised the Lord


v.17  I cried out to him with my mouth;
     his praise was on my tongue.

v.18 He had sought to remain righteous


v.18  If I had cherished sin in my heart,
     the Lord would not have listened;

v.19 And so God heard him


v.19  but God has surely listened
     and has heard my prayer.

v.20 Thus he will now praise the Lord for not rejecting him or withdrawing from him


v.20  Praise be to God,
     who has not rejected my prayer
     or withheld his love from me!



[Additional Comments: It is not as if we have nothing to praise God for. Unlike some previous psalms, this one does not focus on God's creation but His deliverance of Israel and the relationship He has with the psalmist who he has kept [v.9], brought into their present state as a nation [v.10-12], given the Law of sacrifice as a means of worship [v.13-15], heard and answered his prayers [v.16-19] and never withdrawn from him [v.20]. It is thus a combination of testimony and prayer resulting in praise.]



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