Psalm 66: Awesomeness of God

What is God most famous for?

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Psalm 66:1–2 To the minister of music, a song.
Let everyone on Earth shout praises to God. Sing about what God is most famous for. Honor him by recognizing his goodness.
King James
Psalm 66:1–2 <To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.> Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

When God’s enemies appear to be doing as they please, how are they bowing to the magnitude of his power?

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Psalm 66:3 Say to God, “Your deeds are awesome. Your enemies must bow to the magnitude of your power.”
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Psalm 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

When will all the earth recognize God’s greatness and praise him?

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Psalm 66:4 All the earth will recognize your greatness and sing your praises, honoring you.” Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

What is most amazing about God’s miracles? How do we take a “closer look”?

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Psalm 66:5 Come take a close look at God’s miracles. What he has done for people is amazing.
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Psalm 66:5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

Before the miracle, how did people feel? How did those feelings change afterward?

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Psalm 66:6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea so Israel could walk across. On the other side, people rejoiced in his miracle.
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Psalm 66:6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

What are the benefits of God watching over his people forever?

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Psalm 66:7 By his mighty power, God will rule forever. He keeps watch over his people everywhere, and rebels will have no reason to rejoice. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 66:7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

How can God fail to hear our praises?

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Psalm 19:14 Let everything I think and everything I say be acceptable to you, O Lord, my strength and redeemer.
Psalm 66:8 Come, everyone, and sing praises to our God. Let him hear us express his praise.
Luke 16:15 “You make yourselves look good in public,” Jesus told them, “but God sees your heart. That which is most highly admired by people is detested by God.”
King James
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 66:8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

If God keeps us from stumbling, how can we fall?

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Psalm 66:9 You sustain our lives and keep us from stumbling.
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Psalm 66:9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

Why do students often dislike tests? What might be likeable?

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Psalm 66:10–12 You teach us and test us, O God, making us better, like the fire makes silver pure. You captured us and placed heavy burdens upon our backs. You let tyrants rule over us, taking us through trials by fire and by water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
King James
Psalm 66:10–12 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

What kinds of experiences teach us the most important lessons? Why?

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Psalm 66:10–12 You teach us and test us, O God, making us better, like the fire makes silver pure. You captured us and placed heavy burdens upon our backs. You let tyrants rule over us, taking us through trials by fire and by water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
King James
Psalm 66:10–12 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

In harsh versus easy times, should there be a difference in what we promise God? Why?

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Psalm 66:13–14 I will enter your house with burnt offerings and do what I promised, what I swore I would do back when I was in trouble.
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Psalm 66:13–14 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.

What sacrifices does God appreciate most?

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Psalm 66:15 I will sacrifice the best sheep, goats, and bulls. Pause to think on that.
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Psalm 66:15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.

Why would people want to listen to our stories?

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Psalm 66:16 Come and listen, all who respect God, and I will tell my stories about what he has done for me.
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Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

What is the highest praise we can offer to God?

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Psalm 66:17 I cried out to God with my highest praise.
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Psalm 66:17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

Under what circumstances does God not listen to our prayers?

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Psalm 51:17 A submitted human spirit is the sacrifice you want. You will never reject a humble and repentant heart.
Psalm 66:18–19 If I had tried to justify my wrongdoing, the Lord wouldn’t have listened to me. But he did listen, and my prayers were answered.
Matthew 6:5 Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so people will see them. I assure you, they already have their reward.
Matthew 11:25 Suddenly, he looked upward and said, “I thank you, Father, ruler of Heaven and Earth, because you have revealed to ordinary people what you have hidden from those who think they are educated and wise.
Luke 18:10–14 “Two men went to pray at the Temple. One was a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like others who are greedy, dishonest, and unfaithful. I thank you that I am nothing like that tax collector over there. Twice a week, I fast, and I never fail to give you a tenth of my income.’ The tax collector stood in the distance, away from other people, and would not so much as look up toward heaven. In despair, he pounded his chest and prayed, ‘God, have mercy on me, for I have sinned.’ I guarantee, the tax collector had peace with God when he went home, not the Pharisee. For those who try to make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
King James
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 66:18–19 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Luke 18:10–14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Why might some Christians think God has withheld his goodness from them?

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Psalm 66:20 Praise God, for he was merciful and did not withhold his goodness from me.
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Psalm 66:20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.