66:8 Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard,
66:9 who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
66:10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
66:11 You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs;
66:12 you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.
66:13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows,
66:14 those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
66:15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.
66:17 I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.
66:18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
66:19 But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer.
66:20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.
We serve a God who is always on the move to rescue us and deliver us from hard situations. This is a Psalm of praise to a God who was and is able to constantly protect us from harm and give us strength to endure a trying time. There is recognition that God is in complete control in every single circumstance and there is nothing that can overtake the power that He has to rescue us.
Often times when we are faced with a hard situation and we see God’s saving hand at work, we forget that the time we spent praying for deliverance should also be spent praising Him for being so faithful. Looking back at some of the hard moments in life, I think as Christians it is appropriate to say that we never walked alone through the hard times and God was always with us.
God’s love for us is always steadfast and will never change. He has the best in mind for us and when we are put through the fire it is so that our faith can come out being stronger and genuine. Trust that in the midst of a hard time, God is still ever present and is there to remind you that He is in complete control.
Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me…..
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. (Psalm 66:16 & 20)
The author of Psalm 66 was a mouthpiece for the works of the Lord. He is moved by how the Lord has taken care of him and answered his prayers. How often are we overjoyed by the works of the Lord? Have we had answers to our prayers? Have to witnessed the beauty in the sunset or in the flowers that bloom in the spring? We should marvel at the work of God and remind the world that God has not left us or abandoned us. He is the author of all life.
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