FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER, 2021
THEME: THE AWESOME GOD 2
PASSAGE: PSALM 66: 1 – 8
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 66:5 “Come and see what God has done, how awesome His works in man’s behalf.”
HYMN: MHB 333 (C.M.) – COME, let us who in Christ believe.
This an anonymous psalm of praise is, on the whole, divided into three parts: (i) verses 1-7 seems to be a personal thanksgiving after an experience of distress (ii) A national song of praise (verses 8-15) after a national deliverance from a war or problem while (iii) 16-20 is a personal invitation to rejoice with the person in (i) above. Whatever it is, God deserves our praises every time.
The writer of this Psalm looked back at the awesome power of God that manifested terror on the Egyptians and mercy and kindness on the Israelites. He noted that mere praises wouldn’t be enough for God’s awesome power that delivered them.
Furthermore, Israel felt that her praise of God could not possibly be sufficient to extol such a great deliverance, therefore the whole world is invited to join in the Praise. “All the earth shall worship you” Ps 66:4. We see part of the fulfilment of this prophecy during the Covid-19 crises. We noticed some world powers openly crying to the God in heaven for mercy when their money, technology, scientists, astrologers and all their learning, researches, education and inventions could not deliver them from the pandemic that ravaged the world, where thousands died helplessly. Some threw their idols into the river because they could not guarantee salvation any more. Their expensive cars were parked in garages, likewise their private Jets, their big companies and businesses and shopping malls shut down and their streets deserted.
“He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot” (Ps 66:6). He parted the sea on two occasions for the Israelites. What are those ‘seas’ staring at you presently? They must part by His awesome power in Jesus name. The Lord will grant you such deliverance and salvation that you will not need to lift a finger in the fight for all your battles are already His (Exodus 14:14).
PRAYER: Lord, let the whole world around me see Your power through me. Deliver me from shackles and frustrations today and give me undeniable proofs to shout Your praises daily, in Jesus’ name. Amen
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