Psalm 65 & 66: The Great God
Verse of the Day: (66:3) Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
1. The Good God (65:1-13)
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. (65:11)
This Psalm reflects one of the happy days of King David’s life, as he praised God for His goodness for answering his prayers and forgiving his sins, as well as His strength in the creation of the awesome mountains, vast oceans, and the abundant crops and flocks on the earth to feed the population of the world. Indeed, God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. Though we may not fully understand why God is good during our crises, and cannot see His hand, yet we must fully trust His heart. (Romans 8:28-39)
2. The Glorious God (66:1-2)
Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. (66:2)
King David encouraged his people to sing joyfully to the glorious God who shall save their souls as they confessed and repented their sins, and believed in Him. Indeed, God has blessed us with the glorious gospel that whoever believes in His Son, Jesus, shall never perish in hell, but shall have eternal life with Him in heaven. (1 Timothy 1:1-11)
3. The Great God (66:3-20)
For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. (66:10)
David inspired by God explained to all that God had a purpose for His people to suffer so as to test their faith as silver is tried in the furnace of fire. David knew this great principle as God had tested him to the fullest. There were times when he failed God, as he fell into immorality and murder (2 Samuel 11), and when he took a census of Israel which God forbad him (2 Samuel 24). Yet through it all, there were many high points of David’s life as he defeated Goliath, the Philistine giant, and won many battles together with his army and mighty warriors establishing Israel to be the most powerful nation on earth. Not only was he a courageous king, but he was also a compassionate king. He refused to fight with Absalom, his son, who plotted against him for his throne (2 Samuel 18). He also spared Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, because of the promise he made with Jonathan, when he could have allowed the Gibeonites to kill him. (2 Samuel 21). At the end of David’s life, he desired to build God’s house, but God commanded him that Solomon, his son and successor, shall build it, because his hands shed much blood from the wars. Not only David accepted God’s command, but he prepared the designs and materials for the house. (1 Chronicles 22) Let us pray that we shall go through the tests of our great God, emerging victoriously, and looking forward to the day, when we shall be with Jesus, the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS, in His great heaven. (Revelation 19:11-21)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for Your goodness, glory and greatness upon my life.