Psalm 66 is a Psalm of worship and praise. It gives us the template the church uses for their services. Most church’s sing, pray, and read a passage of Scripture before the preaching of God’s word. The Psalmist tells us to sing, praise, worship, rehearse the works of God and His benefits.
Meditate on these things and thank God for His goodness.
1. David Exhorts to Praise God (66:1-4)
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.
2. To observe His great works (66:5-7)
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.
Terrible=awesome, protection, power and greatness of God
3. To bless him for his gracious benefits (66:8-12)
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.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001