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Psalm 66: Sing Praises to God

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Psalm 66 begins with a command: Shout! Shout joyfully! Everyone in all the world, shout!!! Then, shout about his honorable name. Praise such a praise for God that Gods name is exalted, magnified, and glorified above all the world. Tell God how awesome His power is over His enemies. Then follows one of the great prophesies that is often repeated throughout the Bible: All the world will know the name of Israel's song and will praise His name.

The psalmist then commands his hearers to see. "Seeing" is a spiritual gift. Seeing, understanding, and acknowledging the works of God is even more difficult. Only those whom God have made "pure in heart" can truly see God. Those who are pure in heart do not judge God or misconstrue events in their lives.

In this Psalm, it is told that God proves and tries his people in fire as silver is tried, through fire and water, through suffering and the oppression of men. YET, there is praise and those who are tried turn to God. They turn to him with praise and with the vows they made to him while they were oppressed.

Then the psalmist commands his listeners to hear. Hearing is yet another spiritual gift. Those who do not love truth or who do not understand it will twist the testimonies they hear into mockery. They will not hear what the believer is trying to say in a testimony.

The conclusion: God has not turned aside the prayer of those He loves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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