Psalm 66

Shouts of Praise for God's Wondrous Deeds


Intro: In Psalm 66, the psalmist calls for shouts of praise and worship to God for His wondrous deeds and mighty works. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate object of our praise and the source of our redemption. We will explore the themes of praising God's greatness, testifying to His deliverance, and offering heartfelt worship.

Section 1: Praising God's Greatness (vs 1-4)

"Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, 'How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.'"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV), "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."


Section 2: Testifying to God's Deliverance (vs 5-12)

"Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot—come, let us rejoice in him. He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations—let not the rebellious rise up against him. Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV), "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."


Section 3: Offering Heartfelt Worship (vs 13-20)

"I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you—vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble. I will sacrifice fat animals to you and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats. Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!"

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 4:23-24 (NIV), "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."



Psalm 66 presents a call to praise and worship God for His mighty works and deliverance, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's invitation to all the earth to sing praises to God points to Jesus as the Savior of the world, whose redemptive work extends to all nations (Matthew 28:19-20, Revelation 5:9). 

The psalmist's declaration of God's awesome deeds and His enemies' submission reflects the triumph of Jesus over sin, death, and the powers of darkness through His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:54-57, Colossians 2:15). 

The psalmist's exaltation of God's steadfast love and faithfulness aligns with our acknowledgment of Jesus' sacrificial love and His fulfillment of all God's promises (1 John 4:9-10, 2 Corinthians 1:20). 

The psalmist's description of God's leading His people through fire and water foreshadows Jesus' guidance and presence with us in times of trials and challenges (Isaiah 43:2, Matthew 28:20). 

The psalmist's exhortation to come and listen to God's works anticipates our attentiveness to Jesus' teachings and the testimonies of His miracles (Matthew 13:16, John 20:30-31). 

Psalm 66 leads us to Jesus as the object of our praise and worship, the One who triumphed over all adversities and invites all people to come and experience His redeeming love and power.