Psalms 66

Listen to Psalms 66
1 1Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
2 sing the glory of his name; 2give to him glorious praise!
3 Say to God, 3"How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies 4come cringing to you.
4 5All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name." Selah
5 6Come and see what God has done: 7he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
6 He 8turned the sea into dry land; they 9passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him,
7 who rules by his might forever, whose 10eyes keep watch on the nations-- let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
8 Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
9 who has kept our soul among the living and 11has not let our feet slip.
10 For you, O God, have 12tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into 13the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12 you let men 14ride over our heads; we went through fire and through 15water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will 16perform my vows to you,
14 that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised 17when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
16 18Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on[a] my tongue.[b]
18 If I had 19cherished iniquity in my heart, 20the Lord would not have listened.
19 But truly 21God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

Psalms 66 Commentary

Chapter 66

Praise for God's sovereign power in the creation. (1-7) For his favour to his church. (8-12) And the psalmist's praise for his experience of God's goodness. (13-20)

Verses 1-7 The holy church throughout all the world lifts up her voice, to laud that Name which is above every name, to make the praise of Jesus glorious, both by word and deed; that others may be led to glorify him also. But nothing can bring men to do this aright, unless his effectual grace create their hearts anew unto holiness; and in the redemption by the death of Christ, and the glorious deliverances it effects, are more wondrous works than Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

Verses 8-12 The Lord not only preserves our temporal life, but maintains the spiritual life which he has given to believers. By afflictions we are proved, as silver in the fire. The troubles of the church will certainly end well. Through various conflicts and troubles, the slave of Satan escapes from his yoke, and obtains joy and peace in believing: through much tribulation the believer must enter into the kingdom of God.

Verses 13-20 We should declare unto those that fear God, what he has done for our souls, and how he has heard and answered our prayers, inviting them to join us in prayer and praise; this will turn to our mutual comfort, and to the glory of God. We cannot share these spiritual privileges, if we retain the love of sin in our hearts, though we refrain from the gross practice, Sin, regarded in the heart, will spoil the comfort and success of prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of the Lord. But if the feeling of sin in the heart causes desires to be rid of it; if it be the presence of one urging a demand we know we must not, cannot comply with, this is an argument of sincerity. And when we pray in simplicity and godly sincerity, our prayers will be answered. This will excite gratitude to Him who hath not turned away our prayer nor his mercy from us. It was not prayer that fetched the deliverance, but his mercy that sent it. That is the foundation of our hopes, the fountain of our comforts; and ought to be the matter of our praises.

Cross References 21

  • 1. Psalms 81:1; Psalms 95:1; Psalms 98:4; Psalms 100:1
  • 2. [Joshua 7:19; Isaiah 42:12]
  • 3. See Psalms 65:5
  • 4. See Psalms 18:44
  • 5. See Psalms 22:27
  • 6. ver. 16; Psalms 46:8
  • 7. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 8. [Exodus 14:21]
  • 9. Psalms 74:15; See Joshua 3:14-17
  • 10. See Psalms 11:4
  • 11. See Psalms 121:3
  • 12. See Job 23:10
  • 13. Lamentations 1:13; Ezekiel 12:13
  • 14. Isaiah 51:23
  • 15. Isaiah 43:2
  • 16. See Psalms 50:14
  • 17. See Psalms 18:6
  • 18. ver. 5; Psalms 34:11
  • 19. Job 36:21
  • 20. [Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 59:2; John 9:31; James 4:3; See Job 27:9]
  • 21. Psalms 116:1, 2

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Hebrew under
  • [b]. Or and he was exalted with my tongue

Chapter Summary

To the chief Musician, A Song [or] Psalm. This psalm does not bear the name of David in the title of it, yet is generally thought to be one of his; but because the plural number is used in it, which is not so common in David's psalms, Aben Ezra is of opinion it is not his, but written by the singers. This is not a sufficient objection: and besides, in Psalm 66:13, the singular number is used. The Arabic version ascribes it to David, and that version makes the subject matter of it to be "concerning the resurrection"; as do the Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Vulgate Latin versions. The title of the Syriac version is, "concerning sacrifices and burnt offerings, and the incense of rams; the spiritual sense intimates to us the calling of the Gentiles, and the preaching, that is, of the Gospel;" which comes nearest the truth: for the psalm respects Gospel times, and the church of Christ under the New Testament, spread throughout the world, and especially as it will be in the latter day; see Psalm 66:1; and so in Yalkut Simeoni on the psalm, it is said to be a psalm for time to come, and agrees with Zephaniah 3:9; "I will turn to the people a pure language," &c. Kimchi says it is a psalm concerning the gathering of the captives of Israel; and so Jarchi and Obadiah expound it; and Theodoret says David wrote this psalm for the captives in Babylon.

Psalms 66 Commentaries

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