Psalm 66 (The Message)
1-4 All together now—applause for God! Sing songs to the tune of his glory,
set glory to the rhythms of his praise.
Say of God, “We’ve never seen anything like him!”
When your enemies see you in action,
they slink off like scolded dogs.
The whole earth falls to its knees—
it worships you, sings to you,
can’t stop enjoying your name and fame.
5-6 Take a good look at God’s wonders—
they’ll take your breath away.
He converted sea to dry land;
travelers crossed the river on foot.
Now isn’t that cause for a song?
7 Ever sovereign in his high tower, he keeps
his eye on the godless nations.
Rebels don’t dare
raise a finger against him.
8-12 Bless our God, O peoples!
Give him a thunderous welcome!
Didn’t he set us on the road to life?
Didn’t he keep us out of the ditch?
He trained us first,
passed us like silver through refining fires,
Brought us into hardscrabble country,
pushed us to our very limit,
Road-tested us inside and out,
took us to hell and back;
Finally he brought us
to this well-watered place.
13-15 I’m bringing my prizes and presents to your house.
I’m doing what I said I’d do,
What I solemnly swore I’d do
that day when I was in so much trouble:
The choicest cuts of meat
for the sacrificial meal;
Even the fragrance
of roasted lamb is like a meal!
Or make it an ox
garnished with goat meat!
16-20 All believers, come here and listen,
let me tell you what God did for me.
I called out to him with my mouth,
my tongue shaped the sounds of music.
If I had been cozy with evil,
the Lord would never have listened.
But he most surely did listen,
he came on the double when he heard my prayer.
Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear,
he stayed with me, loyal in his love.
There is a David Crowder song called ‘Com and Listen’ it is on his A Collision album. It has a similar tone to this Psalm; in that it calls you and me and the teller (singer) to come and listen to what God has done for you and me and everyone. That God is amazing that He is ‘good’ that we need to praise Him for it. This is all true. What has God done for you . . . think about it. Maybe you don’t think that he has done a lot for you. You reader are wrong it you think that. God has snatched you from the clutches of hell by sacrificing his Son, which is a huge deal. So sing God’s praises, for that is all we have. Talk of God in reverence for that is all we can do. Dance before God’s thrown for what other response can we give? Our act of worship is and praise, and reverence is no where close to the appropriate response. But we have nothing else. On the same album ‘A Collision’ Crowder puts in an interview with him and a guy named Andy. They talk about the cover which has an atom on the front and about that analogy. The picture of an atom is actually a representation that helps us to understand the atom. It is supposed to show protons and electrons moving around a nucleus of neutrons (if my memory of 8th grade science serves me correctly.) This is not how an atom actually looks or works, but it is what we have to show them. In the same way our music, dance, words, acts of reverence to God . . . they are not good enough to lift God up, they are not an equal response for what He has done for us . . . but it is what we have to carry the idea. Music lifts the spirit, it carries the idea of our worship. So worship with all you have.
Questions for growth:
1. Write down what God has done for you, starting with: ‘salvation from hell and my sins.’ How does this list, even if it is only the one thing make you feel towards God?
2. On the bottom of that list write out your favorite ways (1-2 of them) to worship or show reverence to God. Can you do this now? if so do it! Are you comfortable where you worship to do this form of worship?
3. What is the most important aspect of our worship? (John 4)