Psalm 66 is a psalm of praise. The author is not given, but many believe it was written by David because its words resemble his other writings. Either way, this psalm encourages us to be thankful and to give God his rightful praise.
“Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!”Psalm 66:1-2
This Psalm speaks of the “Lord’s great works, his gracious benefits, his faithful deliverances, and all his dealings with his people, brought to a close by a personal testimony to special kindness received by the prophet bard himself” (Charles Spurgeon).
Although the psalmist had their own particular experiences in mind when penning this psalm, we can keep in mind our own as we read or sing this psalm aloud in praise to God.
I love Psalm 66 because there is so much I have to be thankful for and it helps me put words to how I feel. God’s provision in my life has never been lacking. Although at times, in my opinion, it may have seemed late, but it occurred in his perfect timing. God has also delivered me from my own struggles with sin and times of darkness. He has been my confidant and my place of safe refuge. He has been my everything and for that I am forever grateful.
Because God, in all his glory, still loves me despite my shortcomings, I want to live my life with a thankful heart, constantly giving God praise for all he’s done and who he is. I want my life to embody the praise written about in Psalm 66. It won’t be easy and I’ll mess up, but I will do the best I can and that’s enough.
“Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!”Psalm 66:20
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