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“May you and I declare God’s wonderful deeds.” <>< Dona (08/06/20)

Please read Psalms 66 through 70.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 66 Theme

God answers prayer.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You do awesome deeds (v. 3a).

Something to think about

Yes, the Lord does awesome deeds (v. 5).  The Lord turns the sea into dry land (v. 6).  He rules by His might forever (v. 7a). His eyes watch the nations (v. 7b). Through God’s great power, His enemies submit to Him (v. 3b). God preserves our life (v. 9).

Something to experience

We need, if necessary, to confess our sins then God will certainly hear our prayers (v. 18-20). We need to: Make a joyful shout to God.  Sing to the glory of His name.  Offer glory and praise to Him (v. 1-2). Worship Him (v. 4).  Praise Him (v. 8). Declare what He has done for us (v. 16).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 66:1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!  Sing to the glory of His name!  Offer glory and praise!

Psalm 66:3 Tell God, “How awesome are Your deeds!  Through the greatness of Your power, Your enemies submit themselves to You.”

Psalm 66:4 “All the earth will worship You, and will sing to You; they will sing to Your name.” Selah.

Psalm 66:5 Come, and see God’s deeds – awesome work on behalf of the children of men.

Psalm 66:6 He turned the sea into dry land. They went through the river on foot. There, we rejoiced in Him.

Psalm 66:7 He rules by His might forever.  His eyes watch the nations. Don’t let the rebellious rise up against Him. Selah. 

Psalm 66: 8 Praise our God, you peoples! Make the sound of His praise heard,

Psalm 66:9 (He) who preserves our life among the living, and doesn’t allow our feet to be moved.

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God.  I will declare what He has done for my soul.

Psalm 66:18-20 18 If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord wouldn’t have listened. 19 But most certainly, God has listened.  He has heard the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His loving kindness from me.

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Psalm 67 Theme

Joy comes from sharing the gospel (v. 4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was desiring that You be known on earth and that Your salvation be known among all nations (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

This sounds like what we call the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20).

Something to experience

We Christians are among those that the psalmist was desiring to know God and His salvation.   We are among the people encouraged to praise God (v. 5). We are among the people God has blessed (v. 6-7).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 67:1May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause His face to shine on us. Selah.

Psalm 67:2-3That Your way may be known on earth, and Your salvation among all nations, let the peoples praise you, God.  Let all the peoples praise You.

Psalm 67:4 Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you will judge the peoples with equity, and govern the nations on earth. Selah.

Psalm 67:5 Let the peoples praise you, God.  Let all the peoples praise you.

Psalm 67:6-7 The earth has yielded its increase.  God, even our own God, will bless us.  God will bless us.  All the ends of the earth shall fear him.

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Psalm 68 Theme

God is strong and excellent (v. 34).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are indeed awesome and You give strength and power to Your people (v. 35).

Something to think about

God is a father of the fatherless and a defender of the widows.  He gives those who are lonely families.  He sets prisoners free (v. 5-6). He prepares His goodness for the poor (v. 10).

Something to experience

Let us be glad and rejoice before God (v. 3). God will bear our burdens (v. 19). God will be our deliverer (v. 20).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 68:3 … let the righteous be glad.  Let them rejoice before God.  Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.

Psalm 68:5-6 A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.  God sets the lonely in families.  He brings out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

Psalm 68:10 …  You, God, prepared your goodness for the poor.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, even the God who is our salvation. Selah. 

Psalm 68:20 God is to us a God of deliverance. …

Psalm 68:34 Ascribe strength to God! His excellency is over Israel, His strength is in the skies.

Psalm 68:35 You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries.  The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people.  Praise be to God!

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Psalm 69 Theme

A distress call (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, we may suffer because of our faith (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

The psalmist didn’t give up on seeking God (v. 5-6).

Something to experience

 When we are overcome by tragedy we need to turn to God as the psalmist did (v. 13). We need to ask God to deliver us, as the psalmist did (v. 14-15).  We need to ask for an answer to our prayers as the psalmist did (v. 16-17). We need to ask God to draw near to us (v. 18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 69:1 Save me, God, for the waters have come up to my neck!

Psalm 69:2-3 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold.  I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.  I am weary with my crying.  My throat is dry.  My eyes fail looking for my God.

Psalm 69:5-6 God, You know my foolishness.  My sins aren’t hidden from You. Don’t let those who wait for You be shamed through me, O Lord of Armies. Don’t let those who seek You be brought to dishonor through me, God of Israel.

Psalm 69:13 13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, Lord, in an acceptable time.  God, in the abundance of Your loving kindness, answer me in the truth of Your salvation.

Psalm 69:14 14 Deliver me out of the mire, and don’t let me sink.  Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.  15 Don’t let the flood waters overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up.  Don’t let the pit shut its mouth on me.

Psalm 69:16-17 16 Answer me, O Lord, for Your loving kindness is good.  According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, turn to me.  17 Don’t hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress.  Answer me speedily!

Psalm 69:18 Draw near to my soul and redeem it.  Ransom me because of my enemies.    

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Psalm 70 Theme

An urgent prayer for help (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was begging for Your help (v. 2-3).

Something to think about

The psalmist felt poor and needy, but still recognized that God was his help and deliverer (v. 5).  

Something to experience 

When we seek God may we rejoice and be glad in Him as the psalmist suggested (v. 4).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 70:1 Hurry, God, to deliver me.  Come quickly to help me, Lord.

Psalm 70: 2-3 Let them be disappointed and confounded who seek my soul.  Let those who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.  Let them be turned because of their shame who say, “Aha! Aha!”

Psalm 70:4 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.  Let those who love Your salvation continually say, “Let God be exalted!”

Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy.  Come to me quickly, God.  You are my help and my deliverer. O Lord, don’t delay.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will praise You (Psalm 66:1).  Lord, Your deeds are awesome (Psalm 66:3).  Lord, I pray all the earth will worship and sing to You (Psalm 66:4).  Lord, I pray we will tell others of what You’ve done for us (Psalm 16).  Lord, I ask You to hear our prayers (Psalm 66:19). Lord, I ask You to be merciful to us, to bless us and to cause Your face to shine on us (Psalm 67:1).  Lord, I pray we will share our faith with all those we meet (67:2). Lord, thank You for being a father to the fatherless and a defender to the widows (Psalm 68:5).  Lord, thank You for daily bearing our burdens (Psalm 68:19). Lord, I pray we will come to You and repent.  I pray our behavior will not dishonor You (Psalm 69:5-6).  Lord, when we fall into trouble please don’t let us sink.  Deliver us (Psalm 69:14). Lord, quickly help us (Psalm 70:1, 5).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I trust God in every situation we find ourselves in.” <>< Dona