10th August 2016
In this new series, we are exploring what it means to “Make His Praise Glorious” (Psalm 66:2). These words suggest that our worship of God can and should grow and expand. Psalm 66 is a call to deeper and higher praise that demonstrates His glory.
The psalm contains 7 imperative statements (shown in bold). These are commands that call us to action and offer the promise of going to new dimensions in worship as we pursue giving God maximum glory.
1. “Shout for joy to God, all the earth!” (v. 1). Here is a call to every nation, tribe and tongue to MAXIMISE GOD’S GLORY IN JOYFUL WORSHIP! Our motivation in missions and evangelism is God’s desire for a worldwide joyful shout of worship. Our spiritual DNA and destiny is to give praise and adoration of our creator
2. “Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you’” (v.3). We must continually MAXIMISE OUR VISION OF GOD’S GREATNESS. If problems or people move you more than God, your God is too small! Get a new, expanded revelation of His greatness and the way you see problems with change. As He gets bigger, everything else gets smaller!
3. “Come and see what God has done . . . . He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot” (verses 5a and 6). When problems can challenge your faith you can MAXIMISE YOUR REMEMBRANCE OF GOD’S VICTORIES. Are you in need of a breakthrough? Remind yourself of God’s past faithfulness! Read the Bible accounts of deliverance, miracles and victories and also recall the testimonies of how He has come through for you and for others. Don’t forget to remember the great things He has done.
4. “Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard . . . . For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver” (verses 8 and 10). Here is a call to MAXIMISE YOUR BENEFIT FROM HARD TIMES. God always works good things out of difficult situations but we can easily miss life-changing moments when we struggle and question God instead of allowing Him to shape and grow us in times of adversity.
5. “I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you” (v. 13). If you want to grow as a worshipper, you will need to MAXIMISE YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD’S HOUSE. Your attendance and participation in your local church connects you to believers who are mutually committed to grow together as God’s people. As you regularly come and gather with brothers and sisters, you will mature as a disciple, worshipper and member of the body.
6. “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” How do you MAXIMISE YOUR TESTIMONY OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS? Two things need to happen from the inside out. First, ask God for boldness to share with others what He has done for you. Don’t keep your testimony locked up on the inside, let it out! Second, deal with the places of darkness in your heart. If you want to be free from the weaknesses and sins that dwell within, you also need to let them out. Verse 18 explains: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” When we confess our sins to God (I John 1:9) and to a trusted friend or leader (James 5:16), we find forgiveness, cleansing and restored confidence to give our testimony to others.
7. “Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (v. 20). Finally, we are reminded to MAXIMISE OUR CONNECTION TO GOD’S LOVE. How can you do this? The greatest demonstration of God’s love was in sending His son to earth (John 3:16). His death on the cross provides an eternal, unbreakable connection to the love of God. Receive His indescribable gift of love and salvation and your praise will overflow!
Let praise arise!