Let’s look at Psalm 66 today.
The whole earth and all the nations were created for one sole purpose: to glorify the name of God.
That is what this psalm calls all peoples, in all the earth to do. It is a call to praise God for His global, awesome deeds. Just look at the progression in this psalm. In verses 1-4 it starts with a call to praise God among all the nations because of His awesome deeds. Even the testing of God through trials is worthy of praise because the promise of blessing in the end for those who remain faithful (as seen in verses 8-12). Then, in verses 13-15, the psalmist makes a personal commitment to remain faithful to God and to personally praise Him with offerings of obedience. Last, the psalmist calls the nations to hear a personal testimony of the faithfulness of God to answer his prayers and because God loves him (verses 16-20).
We can learn several things about God through this Psalm. The first I already mentioned, and that is that all of the earth and all peoples of the nations were created to glorify God.
The second is that God works on a global scale, in ways that all the earth will see His mighty deeds and glorify Him! Just think about our world right now and what is happening! All at one time, all of the gods (little “g’s”) that we worship have come crumbling down. The god of convenience, money, science, government, economy, wealth…all of them, at one time, reduced to ashes by a global pandemic. If we do not see that there is a God who is bigger than we are, who is mightier than we are, that is to be feared and worshipped and glorified, then we are not looking close enough. God is truly working on a global scale right now to show the world that He is God and worthy to be feared, revered, glorified, and praised. What we as believers must do, is be a testimony to this reality so that others will glorify God along with us (as seen in verse 16).
Even these trials God uses for our good and for His glory. We as believers remain faithful to glorify God and trust that His sovereign hand will bring us out of this, to a place of abundance in Him (verse 12).
Psalm 66: 16-20
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17I cried to him with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
18If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me!
Do not miss this though! The global God of the universe who holds the earth in His hand, who “by His strength established the mountains” and “who stills the roaring of the sea” (Psalm 65:6-7). This same God, is also close to you! He is not too busy to hear your prayer, and He is not too far away to listen to you, and He loves you without end! This is the beauty of verses 16-20. Read these verses closely again and see that God pays attention to you and listens because He loves you!
Let us, as the Church, call people of every tribe and every tongue to see the mighty hand of God and to glorify Him. Let us be a testimony of God’s nearness and faithfulness even in the midst of trials in our lives.