Remembering what God has done – 100

15 Feb

Psalm 66 is a song of remembrance for what God has done for God’s people.    When we remember what God has done for us, praise is our response.  These songs of remembrance are throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.  I think it enabled God’s people to make it through difficult times, by recalling the times that God had given them life and hope.

1-4 All together now—applause for God!
Sing songs to the tune of his glory,
set glory to the rhythms of his praise.
Say of God, “We’ve never seen anything like him!”
When your enemies see you in action,
they slink off like scolded dogs.
The whole earth falls to its knees—
it worships you, sings to you,
can’t stop enjoying your name and fame.

5-6 Take a good look at God’s wonders—
they’ll take your breath away.
He converted sea to dry land;
travelers crossed the river on foot.
Now isn’t that cause for a song?

This section of the psalm retells God leading the people though the Red Sea to freedom.  This salvation tale of freedom through the sea is central to faith history of the Jewish people.  I wonder what stories are essential to your faith life?  What is the story of God’s grace that you can tell again and again?

Ever sovereign in his high tower, he keeps
his eye on the godless nations.
Rebels don’t dare
raise a finger against him.

Part of the salvation story is that God set the people on the road to life, but also that God trained them in the desert wilderness – put them through the “refiners fire”.  So, now in this Lent are we continuing to be trained by God?  Relying on God for all we need, to grow us into God’s people for this generation?

8-12 Bless our God, O peoples!
Give him a thunderous welcome!
Didn’t he set us on the road to life?
Didn’t he keep us out of the ditch?
He trained us first,
passed us like silver through refining fires,
Brought us into hardscrabble country,
pushed us to our very limit,
Road-tested us inside and out,
took us to hell and back;
Finally he brought us
to this well-watered place.

The response of the faithful people to God’s faithfulness is to present the best we have to God is thanks and praise.  The description in the next verses is how the Hebrew people made offerings to God.  One of the neat parts of this type of praise is that after the ‘choices meats’ were offered to God, the people shared the meal with God in a big party.   Party with God!!

13-15 I’m bringing my prizes and presents to your house.
I’m doing what I said I’d do,
What I solemnly swore I’d do
that day when I was in so much trouble:
The choicest cuts of meat
for the sacrificial meal;
Even the fragrance
of roasted lamb is like a meal!
Or make it an ox
garnished with goat meat!

16-20 All believers, come here and listen,
let me tell you what God did for me.
I called out to him with my mouth,
my tongue shaped the sounds of music.
If I had been cozy with evil,
the Lord would never have listened.
But he most surely did listen,
he came on the double when he heard my prayer.
Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear,
he stayed with me, loyal in his love.

So, we bless God, offer our best to God and party with God and God stays with us; it is a great life to celebrate.  And I so celebrate 100 blogs.  It amazes me that I can write this much, but more than that the anyone would be willing to read that much.  Blessings and peace, Mary


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