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1 (To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.) Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:

2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,

14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.

15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.

16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Commentary for Psalms 66

Praise for God's sovereign power in the creation. (1-7) For his favour to his church. (8-12) And the psalmist's praise for his experience of God's goodness. (13-20)

1-7 The holy church throughout all the world lifts up her voice, to laud that Name which is above every name, to make the praise of Jesus glorious, both by word and deed; that others may be led to glorify him also. But nothing can bring men to do this aright, unless his effectual grace create their hearts anew unto holiness; and in the redemption by the death of Christ, and the glorious deliverances it effects, are more wondrous works than Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

8-12 The Lord not only preserves our temporal life, but maintains the spiritual life which he has given to believers. By afflictions we are proved, as silver in the fire. The troubles of the church will certainly end well. Through various conflicts and troubles, the slave of Satan escapes from his yoke, and obtains joy and peace in believing: through much tribulation the believer must enter into the kingdom of God.

13-20 We should declare unto those that fear God, what he has done for our souls, and how he has heard and answered our prayers, inviting them to join us in prayer and praise; this will turn to our mutual comfort, and to the glory of God. We cannot share these spiritual privileges, if we retain the love of sin in our hearts, though we refrain from the gross practice, Sin, regarded in the heart, will spoil the comfort and success of prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of the Lord. But if the feeling of sin in the heart causes desires to be rid of it; if it be the presence of one urging a demand we know we must not, cannot comply with, this is an argument of sincerity. And when we pray in simplicity and godly sincerity, our prayers will be answered. This will excite gratitude to Him who hath not turned away our prayer nor his mercy from us. It was not prayer that fetched the deliverance, but his mercy that sent it. That is the foundation of our hopes, the fountain of our comforts; and ought to be the matter of our praises.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 66

  • Ricky
    This is a nice chapter to the grad of god this is nice we praise the LORD everyday this is nice to do it that nice so let's praise the lord
  • Norm
    Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
  • Kathy
    Awe-inspiring, awesome. (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)...Moses knew God by His ways, the children of Israel by His acts.
  • Norm
    Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
  • Annie
    There are so many things in the world a human could crave. Yet Satan sits and wait to use the desires of this world to destroy us. It is impossible in my case for Satan to have such a victory I can laugh at Satan for hardships have taught me to cleave to nothing. Here in lies his hatred of me While he plays the world like a fiddle when it comes to me Satan is out of strings.
  • Annie
    It is God's desire for a soul to worship him. The greatest point in a person's life is when they reach the point that they can say God you are all that matters. I give my all to you and forsake this world for I have found nothing and no one good in it but you.
  • John madden for verse 18
    Reguard..cherish..once we sin we need to repent and move on this is a two fold situation.1.cherishing.desireing .pursueing.meditating on it.cradleing it.but also once weve made repentence and moved on we need not reguard it but put our guard up against it.some times we repent and move on but later reguard it some more if were truly repentent its not necessary to keep bringing it up..
  • Wachira Kaguu
    God is realy great!!,
  • Geraldine cole
    God love every one he die for us all Amen.
  • Nicky
    S Edwards, the psalmist was praising God for His great terrible works in the awesomeness of God 's majestic power. God is All powerful, even opposition submit to Him. I take assurance in the fact that God tries us and in the end show us His glory

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