Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 66

God brings the humble through

(V8-15) ‘O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. 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. I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.’

This main section of the Psalm follows an invitation to ‘Come & See’ (v6) to remember the example of Israel who ‘went through the flood on foot’ and calls us to humility in the face of God’s power.

Now, the humble can bless God who ‘suffers not our feet to be moved’, as we too pass ‘through fire and through water’, we can know our omnipotent God will bring ‘us out into a wealthy place’, maybe here on earth, like Job, but certainly in heaven with Himself (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Our response to this truth is to give ourselves wholly to our Lord, to live a life of worship, to be a testimony to those around to whom we can say ‘Come & hear’ (v16).

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