A Verse for Meditation

Torah ScrollShout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Psalm 66:1-2

  • What would be different about this verse if the psalmist believed there were other gods?

The psalmist proceeds after this verse to say:

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. Psalm 66:3

  • Who are God’s enemies? In what way do you observe God’s enemies cringing?

All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name. Psalm 66:4

  • Do you observe that the whole earth worships and praises God? If so, in what way is this statement true? If not, in what way is this statement a petition?

Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.

He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations—

let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Psalm 66:5-7

 

  • The theory that spiritual but not religious is superior to faith in God is not new. People have tried this idea since the beginning. How does the psalmist address that mindset?
  • What is the psalmist’s argument against the notion that all roads lead to God?
  • How does the psalmist characterize those who doubt God? What attitudes fuel the “rebellious” mentioned here?
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