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. Today the Psalmist challenges us to keep our vows to God. If we make a commitment to the Lord we must fulfill it. The Psalmist then challenges us to testify of what God has done, pray, recognize that sin hinders our prayers, and that God hears our prayers.
Meditate on these things and thank God for His goodness.
4. He vows for himself religious service to God (66:13-15)
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.
5. He declares God’s special goodness to himself (66:16-20)
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.
- Worship God by song, prayer, testimony, witnessing, spiritual gifts
- Remember God’s great works in your life
- Meditate on the benefits of God. His attributes, character, love, mercy, grace, forgiveness
- Fulfill your vows to the Lord. Complete the tasks you have committed to.
- Always keep short accounts with God. Sin (iniquity) causes our prayers not to be heard by God.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001