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He Was Extolled With My Tongue

July 9, 2014

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He  Was Extolled  With My Tongue

The writer of Psalm 66  is not known  by us  —  but he is known  by God.     He is known  by God  because he acknowledged  and praised God  for many wonderful works  —  even  for the work  of refining  his faith  in times  of trying troubles.     Psalm 66 starts out  by saying  in verses 1-3,

Shout joyfully  to God,  all the earth;
Sing  the glory  of His name;
Make  His praise  glorious.
Say  to God,  “How awesome  are Your works!

This writer  had a great joy  in his heart  —  and he wanted other people  to remember  and acknowledge  how truly awesome  God is  in what He does  for us.     He went on  to mention  how God did great things  for Israel.     People  might yawn  and think,  “Ya,  ya.     We should always be thankful  for the good things God gives us.”     But,  this writer was joyfully  thanking God  because,

You  have tried us,  O God;
You have refined us  as silver  is refined.

You brought us  into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden  upon our loins.

You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire  and through water,
Yet You brought us out  into a place  of abundance.     (verses 10-12)

This psalmist is “joyfully”  singing  “glory”  to God’s name,  because God  put him through  some really  tough trials.     He realized  that he really needed  those trials  to make his faith  a true  and worthwhile faith.     His faith  became proven  and  “refined”.     He became a better  man of God  as he learned  to trust the LORD  to bring him  through fire  and through water”.

This man was so awed  over God’s power  to refine  his faith, that he wrote  in verses 16-20,

Come and hear,  all who fear God,
And I will tell  of what He has done  for my soul.

I cried  to Him  with my mouth,
And He was extolled  with my tongue.

If  I regard wickedness  in my heart,
The Lord  will not hear.

But certainly  God has heard;
He has given heed  to the voice  of my prayer.

Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away  my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness  from me.

This man honestly  and truthfully  praised  the LORD  in the middle  of his troubles  —  “He was extolled  with my tongue.”     This man was not deceitful  with the LORD,  pretending  to be good,  just to get a favor.     Rather,  his praises  in troublesome times  were for real.     His praises were real  because he recognized God  as the almighty Creator  and Redeemer,  who loves  and cares  for us all  —  before God answered his prayers.

That is knowing  God our Savior  as we should  know Him.     Everything our Lord  has done  magnifies  His love  and power.     We need  to look  to His saving love  in Christ Jesus  as we joyfully praise  His name  through all our troubles.     Remembering His love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for caring  for our souls.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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