|Psalms 66 |
1 Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth.
2 Sing forth the honor of his name; make his praise glorious.
3 Say to God, "How terrible are you in your works! Because of the greatness of your power your enemies shall submit themselves to you.
4 All the earth shall worship you and sing to you; they shall sing praises to your name." Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God; he is terrible in his doings toward the children of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land, they went through the waters on foot; there we rejoiced in him.
7 He rules by his power forever, his eyes behold the nations; let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah.
8 O bless our God, you peoples, and make the voice of his praise to be heard,
9 Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to slip.
10 For you, O God, have proved us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into the net; you laid affliction upon our loins.1
12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, but you brought us out into a wealthy place.2
13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered and my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt sacrifices of fat animals, with the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all you who [reverently] fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me;
19 But surely God has heard me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor removed his mercy from me.
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1 You brought us into the net; you laid affliction upon our loins.This references the supernatural suffering that the Lord allows to be inflicted upon us as we seek him. This painful, continual roaring in our private parts is tribulation. The Lord, speaking of those whom he afflicted says: Ask yourself now, and see whether a man does suffer with childbirth? Then why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Jer 30:6. And David refers to this again: my loins are filled as with a loathsome disease. Psa 38:7. And Isaiah: Therefore my loins are filled with pain; Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heard it;I was dismayed when I saw it. Isa 21:3. And Lamentations references it: He has caused the arrows of His quiver to pierce my loins. Lam 3:13.
As Peter said: Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. 1 Pet 4:12. The same sufferings are being experienced by all your brothers in the world. 1 Pet 5:8-9.
2 You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, but you brought us out into a wealthy place. The demons are given permission to inflict pain on those who have entered tribulation's suffering. It is a fiery ordeal. But the end is to receive the interim reward of the Lord's seal of the spirit; the down payment of salvation to come.
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