Psalms 65,66,67,69, and 70

Psalm 65 and 66 are called “communal songs”.  Notice the plural pronouns.  Picture all of us reading today saying this at the same time.

Psalm 65 we begin by asking for forgiveness in verse 1-4.  Verses 5-8 we recognize his awesome power.  Verse 9-13 we acknowledge his overwhelming bounty.

Psalm 66 will no don’t speak to those who have suffered a trial in their life.  My favorite part is:

10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

The image of taking silver that is tarnished and wiping away the impurities until it is refined.  If you have ever polished silver you keep at it until you can see your reflection in it.  God refines us until he can see a reflection of himself in us.

Psalm 67 is to be read as a nation.  We are the priesthood for the Lord so the author of this psalm begins with the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6 (click here)

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
 so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

Take a moment to Praise him for a blessing that you have.

Psalm 69– Out of all the Psalms you will read, this one is intense.  If it did not speak to you read it through David’s eyes, or a Muslim that converted against their family wished…..

Psalm 70– short but strong Psalm.  Notice the repeat in “May those” “May all”.



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