God’s Word of Praise and Thanksgiving
Psalm 66: This psalm is a song of praise for God’s deliverance, and it recounts God’s wonderful acts and affirms God’s listening to prayer.
Come and see what God has done, his wonderful acts among people.
A Song of Praise and Thanksgiving
1Praise God with shouts of joy, all people!
2Sing to the glory of his name;
offer him glorious praise!
3Say to God, “How wonderful are the things you do!
Your power is so great
that your enemies bow down in fear before you.
4Everyone on earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
they sing praises to your name.”
5Come and see what God has done,
his wonderful acts among people.
6 He changed the sea into dry land;
our ancestors crossed the river on foot.
There we rejoiced because of what he did.
7He rules forever by his might
and keeps his eyes on the nations.
Let no rebels rise against him.
8Praise our God, all nations;
let your praise be heard.
9He has kept us alive
and has not allowed us to fall.
10You have put us to the test, God;
as silver is purified by fire,
so you have tested us.
11You let us fall into a trap
and placed heavy burdens on our backs.
12You let our enemies trample us;
we went through fire and flood,
but now you have brought us to a place of safety.
13I will bring burnt offerings to your house;
I will offer you what I promised.
14I will give you what I said I would
when I was in trouble.
15I will offer sheep to be burned on the altar;
I will sacrifice bulls and goats,
and the smoke will go up to the sky.
16Come and listen, all who honor God,
and I will tell you what he has done for me.
17I cried to him for help;
I praised him with songs.
18If I had ignored my sins,
the Lord would not have listened to me.
19But God has indeed heard me;
he has listened to my prayer.
20I praise God,
because he did not reject my prayer
or keep back his constant love from me.
The first twelve verses in this psalm praise God and recount God’s past deeds. The remaining verses switch to first person and provide a personal testimony to God’s love and forgiveness. Reread verses 13-20. What does the psalm writer promise? For what does the writer praise God? What are you praying for today?
Lord God, I know that you hear and answer prayer. When I call out to you for help, you are there, listening to my cries. You are awesome, Lord. I praise you for all your wonderful acts and I thank you for your constant love. Amen.
Those praying for God’s help
Psalm 65: A psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God’s abundant blessings.