Reading: Psalm 66: 8-20 (Click to read passage)
Psalm 66 is a Psalm of Praise for God’s goodness to Israel. It starts out very joyful with singing the glory of God’s name and giving him glorious praise. Worship and more praise continues. Then it goes on to note a few awesome deeds of God including turning the sea to dry land and bringing his people to a spacious place. More rejoicing!
All these wondrous deeds and yet, when a tough time came along, the Psalmist did resort to promises. So, “I will pay (to God) my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.” (v. 13, 14) At least the Psalmist admits it and follows through. And God follows through, too. So, with that all out of the way, the Psalmist gets right back to telling all what God has done. Perhaps that is the important thing to remember and do, because…
…Truly God has listened: he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66: 19, 20
Bottom line – Praise God for God's goodness! Through good times and bad, however you handled them, get back to the praising when you can. As God is steadfast to us; let us be steadfast also. --Ruth Gates, frequent Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Closing Prayer: Help us to remember your awesome deeds, O Lord. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Amen.
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