Come, Sound His Praise Abroad
He made men ride over their heads. They went through fire and through water. Note several things here. First, the psalmist emphasizes that God inflicted these trials on His people. Rather, He did these things to them. Second, although God does these things through evil people whom He will judge for their sin, He is not responsible for the evil. Centuries before, Job knew this truth.
God was not responsible for any evil in the whole proceeding. Yet He is rightly said to be the one who did it! Even so here, the Lord used a pagan army to ride roughshod over His people for the purpose of refining them. The pagans were sinning and will be judged for it. Yet God did it without sinning and used it for His sovereign purpose. Third, God brings these difficult trials on us through sinful people for our good. His final purpose is to bring us into a place of abundance. We do that by not regarding lightly His discipline and not fainting when He reproves us Heb.
And, by faith we must remember that He disciplines us for our good, because He loves us as a Father Heb. When the psalmist was in dire straits, he vowed to offer sacrifices to God if He would deliver him. Now, God has delivered him, so he follows through. Normally, thank offerings consisted of a portion that was burned on the altar and other portions that were shared by the worshiper and his friends.
These sacrifices emphasized the joy of fellowship, along with thanksgiving to God for the blessing that prompted the thank offerings. But the sacrifices mentioned here are totally God-ward. Everything was consumed on the altar. So they spoke of total dedication to God, suggesting, as Kidner puts it ibid. The lavishness of the gifts in these verses underlines the point, saying in poetic fashion that the whole gamut of sacrificial beasts would scarcely do the occasion justice. His body, offered on the cross, is the once and for all sacrifice for sins that we need Heb.
We can only approach God through Him. We can only worship God in spirit and truth after we have trusted in the shed blood of Christ. But then we have another sacrifice of worship that we must offer. He means that true worship flows out of first giving yourself totally to God. You rightfully belong to Him because of what Jesus did for you on the cross.
And the Lord graciously answered And, we are to tell other believers what God did for us, so that they, too, will trust Him. This does not mean that we must be perfect before we can pray, but it does mean that we truly fear God and desire to be holy, so that we judge our sin on the heart level. We confess it openly before Him who sees it all. All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?
Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness. So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us-- Selah. That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.
I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You. My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.
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But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed. Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name. But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD! And let all the people say, "Amen. Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people, And praise Him at the seat of the elders. My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever. Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous ordinances. Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me.
Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool.
One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,.
Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it You islands, and those who dwell on them. For He has delivered the soul of the needy one From the hand of evildoers.
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. And a voice came from the throne, saying, "Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great. For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.
And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our hands, Even the destroyer of our country, Who has slain many of us. Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever. And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,.
And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.
When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, "Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Oh let Israel say, "His lovingkindness is everlasting. I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
The heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, to praise and give thanks, as prescribed by David the man of God, division corresponding to division. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped.
The threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil. What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away. Praise the LORD from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruit trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged fowl;.
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because His lovingkindness is everlasting. And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God, and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate. An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.
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She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. What's the point of that? Verse 7, "so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
It is the pattern of God. It is the way that he deals with his people and in utter contradiction of the health-and-wealth gospel, Scripture tells us that God brings his people into trials in order to purify them. He does not give us detours around them as if we could be perfected through nothing but prosperity, rather he brings us into difficulties so that we would learn to be dependent upon his grace and so that we would see his delivering hand by our own personal experience, and as a result of that, coming out on the other side, our capacity to praise and honor and thank him has been expanded in a way that would never have been true if we had only known well-being and ease in our Christian walk.
Isn't that true for those of you that have been Christians any length of time, isn't it true you can look back, you can find trials that were crushing, that were difficult, that were grievous, but now you're on the other side and you look back and when the conversation comes up, when it turns there if you're sincere and a little bit transparent about it, you say, "Do you know what? I thank God for the way that he delivered me out of that sorrow, out of that difficulty.
I staggered under the burden. I was crushed. I was on the brink of turning away because it was so hard but now I'm on the other side and I see that God simply brought me out to a place of abundance. Well, the whole point of this Psalm, the whole point of what 1 Peter is saying is that that's the point. That's the point, that God brings us through those times and allows us to suffer for a time, if it's necessary, but it's always with the intent to bring us to praise on the other side and in the midst of it it's always with his careful eye and his tender hand closely upon us to keep us through the fire.
I only design thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. That's what he's describing here in Psalm 66 and what this is showing us, beloved, is that trials and heartaches are designed to humble you to the point that you cry out for grace; that you turn to God dependently and say, "Help me! This is beyond my strength! I'm delighted to show you that my grace is sufficient for you. I'm delighted to help you. I'm delighted to give relief to you that could not come from human agency, that you could not have planned or expected.
What happens in your heart is this great big shout of joy, "Blessed be our God! Blessed be my God who is like this! So that's the national dimension of the praise. You see, beloved, there is something really important and basic for you to understand: your trials as difficult and severe as they are, from a biblical perspective are simply the occasion for God to display, once again, his ability to deliver you in his time.
And he will do that. He will do that. It could be no other way. Because God is a God of loyal love. God is a God of faithfulness to his people and he never abandons us to our trials, he never allows the weight to completely crush us and extinguish us, to bring an end to our salvation. And I understand that for some today, the candle of faith and the candle of strength is flickering in the wind for you and it feels like it is about to go out but, beloved, if you're in the hands of this God, that's an eternal flame that is burning on the end of that wick. It's never going to go out because this is who God is to his people, he is a God of deliverances, he is a God who brings us out to abundance on the other side.
And even if we don't see it in this life, do you know what? On the other side of the River Jordan, so to speak, metaphorically speaking, we leave this life and we enter into heaven and do you know what we're going to find in heaven? We've been delivered to a place of unspeakable abundance where every tear is dried, every sorrow is answered, every wound is healed, and there is going to be this incomprehensibly profound sense in your heart, somehow, that says, "This is what I was saved for.
This is far greater than I ever expected. This is so wonderful, this is so vast and here I am and I know now that it's never going to change, that this is just where God has brought me and Satan cannot get here to reach me ever again, and trials will not lap at my feet and burn at my toes ever again. So know the candle will not go out. Your candle will not go out. God will keep it lit. The Holy Spirit will sustain you until the purposes on earth are complete and then the eternal purpose of your salvation is realized when you're in the presence of Christ forever and ever amen.
This is why we praise him. We look back at our life history and say, "I find reason to thank him," and then we praise him now as New Testament Christians in anticipation of the ultimate abundance that he's going to bring us to. I hear that, see that in Scripture, and all I can say is, "Man, it is great to belong to Christ! It is great to be a Christian! This is the greatest thing that could possibly ever be, that I am his and he is mine. So God's delivering power undergirds that call to national praise that we've seen in verses 8 through Look at the end of verse 12 again.
I don't want you to miss it. I highlighted it before, I'll highlight it again. I take it by faith. I believe it on a greater authority than what I can see in my circumstances. I believe it on a statement of your word that this is how you deal with your people and, God, I trust you for that even if I don't see it or feel it right now. I have not suffered really for my faith.
Not much. Occasional insult but, hey, bring it, you know? But the thing, this aspect of the nature of God, this aspect of the way that he deals with his people, this is the very same principle that would sustain somebody imprisoned in North Korea, a Christian imprisoned unjustly and with the lock and the key thrown away. This is the principle that would sustain hope even in that, is that this is who God is and I belong to him and he will bring me through this to a place of abundance.
It is that same hope that gets us through our earthly trials here in Cincinnati. It is no different, it is the same principle that would sustain someone in stocks and chains in an oppressive regime, "I know my God is still with me. I know that he's going to bring me out and therefore my heart has strength based on the biblical revelation of who God is," and you're brought to this point where you say, "Ah, I praise him. When they were in chains and they were singing praises to God, blood running down the stripes of their backs?
Beloved, I just want you to see that your God is great and that he's faithful and that he's good and that you can bank your entire life on that, that he will show to you without fail, without any fear of contradiction here, that you who belong to Christ will find in the end that God has dealt with you in exactly this same way; he brought you through into a place of abundance. It could be no other way because that's who God is and that's how he deals with his people without fail and without exception.
So there shouldn't be any one of us here who don't have some kind of sense of hope. It is not completely dark for you. It is not hopeless. God reigns and God's good to his people and therefore we praise him. Third point for this evening: the personal dimension of praise. The personal dimension of praise.
Beginning in verse 13, the Psalmist now switches to the first person singular, "I," as he speaks here, verses 13 through He's alluding to the fact that he made vows, he made promises to publicly praise and worship God if God would deliver him from his trials. Well, now he's in the process of fulfilling that. He says in verse 15,. Notice there in verse 15 the plural and the variety of the animals that he's offering: fat beasts, rams, bulls, male goats.see
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He is making an extravagant offering which suggest that perhaps he is a man of means, a man of wealth, but he's making an extravagant offering, holding nothing back, showing an abundance. Put it this way: sacrificing an abundance of animals, why? To show the abundance of the gratitude of his heart. You couldn't just snap the necks of a couple of little turtledoves to give an appropriate sense of thanks in response to a deliverance.
No, this calls for extravagance. And let me say this, this is really important: this Psalmist is offering animals in response to a physical deliverance and it's extravagant and that's his act of worship; that was that dispensation; that's the way that it should be; that was the appointed means at the time. Do you understand that if Christ has saved you not from a physical distress but from sin, that if Christ has delivered you from guilt and condemnation, from eternal judgment in hell, he's done all of that, and you know that to be true, you know that you belong to him, do you realize that the response of that is that your life becomes a platform to give that extravagant thanks?
Not in giving animals but in withholding nothing of your means, withholding nothing of your life, nothing of your desires or affections, that all of your life becomes something that you're happy to see go up in smoke, as it were, in honor to Christ. That you give yourself over completely and fully to him, that whatever he would call you to, whatever he would lead you into and out of, you would gladly embrace. This is no marginal response of saying, "I'll go to church on Sundays and the rest of my life is mine to live as I wish.
That's not extravagant in response to a great rescue like biblical salvation. You give the totality of your life, the fullness of your heart, every energy and passion of yours belongs to him. That's the extravagance to which this offering in verse 15 points us. There is no area of my life where I would withhold my obedience. There is no area of my mind where I would withhold my belief. There is no part of my heart that I would refuse to trust you. There is no sin of which I would refuse to repent.
That's the kind of extravagant response that is fitting to the extravagant self-sacrifice that Christ made when he gave himself on Calvary for your salvation. Where is this idea of, "I'll take him as Savior but not as Lord," in that? If this pulpit didn't weigh pounds, I would flip it at the thought. I'm not nearly strong enough to do that. What is that? No, the one who understands what Christ has done says, "Yes, of course, Lord, all that I am belongs to you. You gave all that you were on my behalf. I give it all back gladly as my extravagant response to you. Lord, I think of my life as a blank check.
I sign it and hand it over to you. You fill in the details. You tell me what you're going to require, what you will draw out of my account. Whatever it is, the answer is yes. There is no other kind. We grow in our understanding of what that means but there is never the sense that I'll consciously withhold my heart allegiance to Christ and yet I'll have him as my Savior. That's insanity. That is demonic deception.
So as he offers his sacrifice there in verses 13 to 15, he calls the people around to hear him. Verse 16 he says,. Come and hear, all who fear God, and I want you to notice something to kind of connect the different sections together. Go back to verse 5 for just a moment. He called on the nations, "Come and see the works of God. One writer says salvation past and present, corporate and personal, is displayed in proper balance in this double witness. So the idea being to the nations he called them based on a past event, here now he speaks in the present to the godly and he says, "Come and hear and we will worship based on a present testimony that I'll give you now.
I'm going to tell you about what he's done for my soul.
And he goes on, once they've gathered, he tells them what happened in verse This is so sweet and so precious. He said,. I called out to God in my sorrow, in other words.