He Was Extolled With My Tongue
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.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
A 2.67 year old says I Pledge Allegiance
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.