I have a lot of thoughts on these passages in Psalm 66. Yet, I have a migraine that I cannot even describe. So, if my words seemed jumbled or a thought not completely coherent, know that I am hurting.
1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
2 Sing about the glory of his name!
Tell the world how glorious he is.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.
4 Everything on earth will worship you;
they will sing your praises,
shouting your name in glorious songs.”
I think I talked about my incomprehensible thoughts on “everything on earth will worship you” yesterday. Like the thought of rocks, trees, flowers…all standing up and praising Him just puts my mind in a space that is hard for me to define. Can. You. Even. Imagine?
5 Come and see what our God has done,
what awesome miracles he performs for people!
6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea,
and his people went across on foot.
There we rejoiced in him.
7 For by his great power he rules forever.
He watches every movement of the nations;
let no rebel rise in defiance.
8 Let the whole world bless our God
and loudly sing his praises.
9 Our lives are in his hands,
and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
10 You have tested us, O God;
you have purified us like silver.
11 You captured us in your net
and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
12 Then you put a leader over us.
We went through fire and flood,
but you brought us to a place of great abundance.
13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
14 yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.
15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,
and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.
Just a statement, in regards to this section of passages. I could *never* have lived in Bible days. They would have already stoned me because the amount of law and sacrifices…wow…that’s a lot.
16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he did for me.
17 For I cried out to him for help,
praising him as I spoke.
18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.
20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
One day, I will write about my journeys in life. Our adoption with Jude. Hunter’s illness. So many things that I need to say about what He did for me. I cried out to Him and He heard me. He heard my prayers and He answered according to His will, not mine.
That is hard. What I see as a good solution is not His idea of THE solution. I have all these “plans” and I’m sure He is up there laughing at me. If I would just TRUST and let it go, He will answer things in a way that I would have never dreamed.
Sigh, free-will is hard…so it trusting.
My head is POUNDING. Everything seems to be flooding together, so I’m stopping.