Psa 66: Thanksgiving for being God's people
the director of music. A song. A psalm.
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
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]
psalm that uses history and personal testimony as the basis for
praise and prayer.]
1: v.1-9: About God (Declaration)
A Call to all to praise the Lord
for joy to God, all the earth!
the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
Acknowledge His Greatness
to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.
the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name.”
A call to see what He has done
and see what God has done,
his awesome deeds for mankind!
Acknowledge Him as Deliverer [at the Exodus]
turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the waters on foot—
come, let us rejoice in him.
Acknowledge Him as Sovereign Ruler
rules forever by his power,
his eyes watch the nations—
let not the rebellious rise up against
And give Him the praise due to Him
our God, all peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard;
For He has kept us
has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
2: v.10-15: To God (Prayer)
You, Lord, had dealings with us
you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You allowed us to settle in Egypt, that became a prison
brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You delivered us from the taskmasters, to a place of abundance
let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
So I will fulfil the law of sacrifice and offerings due to you
will come to your temple with burnt offerings
and fulfill my vows to you—
Fulfilling the vows I made when I was in difficulties
my lips promised and my mouth spoke
when I was in trouble.
Yes, I will bring what is due to you.
will sacrifice fat animals to you
and an offering of rams;
I will offer bulls and goats.
v.16-20: Testimony about God
A call to hear his testimony
and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for
He had petitioned and praised the Lord
cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
He had sought to remain righteous
I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
And so God heard him
God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
Thus he will now praise the Lord for not rejecting him or withdrawing
be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!
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.]
to Psa 67