September 17, 2018

Psalm 66:1–3 (NLT) — 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.

Have you ever told someone about a wonderful day that you had? Or a particularly cool vacation? Or a great breakfast place? Or the fantastic deal you got at a store? Or a compliment that someone paid you?

How long has it been since you told someone how totally wonderful the Lord is? How long has it been since you told God how totally awesome and wonderful he is? Wolf Brand Chili commercials used to go like this: “How long has it been since you had a bowl of Wolf Brand Chili? Well that’s too long.”

Psalm 66:10 (NLT) — 10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.

When the heat of life gets turned up will God still hear praises flowing over our lips?

Psalm 66:13–14 (NLT) — 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.

Have you ever made a promise to the Lord and then not kept it? Don’t delay anymore; make good on it.

Psalm 66:15 (NLT) — 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.

Does God deserve any less than our best? When life is at its worst God still deserves your best.

Psalm 66:16 (NLT) — 16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.

Being a witness is telling people what God has done for you. He has forgiven all of your sins and adopted you into his family. He will always be faithful to you. He does not withdraw his unfailing love.

Psalm 67:2–4 (NLT) — 2 May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4 Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world.

We must make God known. People who don’t Him don’t praise him. What kind of a world do you want to live in; a world that praises God or a world that doesn’t?

Psalm 67:5–7 (NLT) — 5 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.

As water on the earth releases the crops to grow and a harvest to be gathered so praise to God releases the harvest of his blessings > vs:6

Hosea 2:21–22 (NLT) — 21 “In that day, I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will answer the sky as it pleads for clouds. And the sky will answer the earth with rain. 22 Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries of the grain, the grapevines, and the olive trees. And they in turn will answer, ‘Jezreel’—‘God plants!’

In that day could easily mean> the day of continual praise. Begin to plant praise and watch the harvest it begins to yield.

Psalm 67:5–6 (NLT) — 5 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us.

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