We are part of a bigger story.
The writer of Psalm 66 recognized this.
The psalmist orients his personal testimony to the story of God’s faithfulness.
Come and worship.
The psalmist calls for all the earth to worship and praise God’s name. Creation declares the glory of God. We were created to reflect the glory of God and enjoy a perfect relationship with Him. God’s redemption story is about His faithful love for us and the great lengths He will go to restore us.
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! (v. 1)
All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name. (v. 3)
God is worthy of our worship.
Come and see.
The psalmist then issues an invitation to see the evidence of God’s faithfulness to Israel, His chosen people.
God was faithful to rescue His people from Egyptian slavery. God parted the Red Sea and His people passed through the waters, walking on dry land. God tested and refined His people in the desert. And God led them to the Promised Land, a place of abundance.
Come and see what God has done,
how awesome his works in man’s behalf!
He turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the waters on foot –
come, let us rejoice in him. (v. 5-6)
He has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
For you, O God, tested us;
you refined us as silver.
You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance. (v. 9-12)
We went through fire and water…
God’s people are not immune to trials.
But you brought us to a place of abundance.
The fires of adversity that try to destroy can purify too.
The waters of suffering that try to drown can be parted.
God’s faithfulness in the past shows us His character and gives us hope for the present and future.
The fact that the psalmist can worship in the temple in Jerusalem, in the land God promised to His people, is further proof of God’s faithfulness.
I will come to your temple with burnt offering
and fulfill my vows to you – (v. 13)
Come and listen.
The psalmist concludes with an invitation to hear his personal testimony of God’s faithfulness. This God who is worshiped by all the earth, this God who miraculously delivered His people from slavery and brought them to the Promised Land, this same God hears the personal prayer of one individual.
Come and listen, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer.
Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me! (v. 16-20)
Our testimony and answered prayers can encourage others to trust God’s love and faithfulness.
We are part of a bigger story of God’s great faithfulness.
Come and worship. God is awesome in power and worthy of praise.
Come and see. God is faithful to His people.
Come and listen. God hears my prayers.
Let me tell you what he has done for me.
Father, I join all the earth in worship and praise Your name today. How awesome are Your works on our behalf! Thank You for Your faithfulness in the past. It helps to read and be reminded of the way You have miraculously delivered Your people and fulfilled Your promises. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me, for hearing and answering my prayers. Give me opportunities to tell others what You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.