Let all the earth praise the Lord

Posted on 26 Apr 2020, Pastor: Rev Hans Vaatstra

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Reformed Church of Whanganui

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Sunday Morning   26th April  2020

Text: Psalm 66

Let all the earth praise the Lord

History shows that from ancient times to the present people all over the world have had a perception of a hidden powerful being which has instilled in their lives a profound sense of the divine. This sense of God has been the seed of religion which has often expressed itself in one form of worship or another.  This worship of God by mankind finds its highest expression in the Bible and especially in the Psalms as we see in Psalm 66. It begins with the words “shout joyfully to God all the earth.” We’ll consider it in two parts;

  1. Why worship?
  2. a) Creation

“Say to God how awesome are your works” (verse 3, cf. Psalm 8:5 & 139:14)

The whole universe is in all its vast array is evidence of intelligent design (Romans 1:18-20)

What are we to do with this knowledge of God?

Why do so few apparently praise God for his works in creation? (Rom 1:18…. but in the end Philippians 2:10&11)

  1. b) Deliverance

Deliverance through trials & suffering cf. The Exodus (verse 6 “He turned the sea into dry land”)

The effect of the corona virus: proud and prosperous nations brought to their knees, yet God promises to use this for the good of those who love him (Rom. 8:28)

Has the time spent at home during lockdown made you ask “why does God permit this to happen?” How is he involved in sickness and suffering? Has it drawn you closer to God?

Is this a way God delivers his people from the endless pursuit of materialism, self-fulfillment  and a frantic pace of life?

We are delivered through suffering: the suffering of Christ on the cross and then also our own.

  1. c) Preservation

“Who keeps us in life and does not allow our foot to slip” (vs. 9)

God preserves the souls of those who trust in him (Cf. Rom. 8:29-39)

  1. How we are to praise the Lord
  2. a) Sincerely

God will not accept “feigned obedience”: (vs. 3) Praise God with both the mouth and the heart so that it shows in your everyday life.

  1. b) Corporately

“I shall come into your house (vs. 13)

  1. c) paying our vows

“I shall pay thee my vows” (vs. 13) keeping promises e.g. profession of faith vows

  1. d) Personal witness

“Come and hear all who fear God” (vs. 18) We make that witness every time we gather for worship but do you also tell others personally about what God has done in your life?

  1. e) Sacrifice

“I shall come into your house with burnt offerings”(vs. 13)

The cross of Christ. Our worship can only ever be acceptable through faith in Christ.