Psalm 66:1 has an anonymous author it believed the psalm written some calamity of a private nature, or after the nation had been subjected to oppression by some powerful enemies, The psalm reminds us no matter what the circumstances we need praise God in the highest. God knows the begin, middle and ends to our story and he has our best interest at heart. The following video help illustrate that point.
Have you ever been through hell and back? Think about the Israelites who were held in bondage in Eygpt for 400 hundred years. 400 years later God heard and answered their cries and prayers. He took them from slavery to land milk and honey. God tested them and refined them each step of the way. The Israelites wandered the desert of Zin (Aka: Desert wilderness along the Sinai Peninsula ) for 38 years. The first couple of years they traveled back to the land of Canaan to the area of Kadesh Barnea. It was at Kadesh Barnea that the current generation of Israelites was denied access to the promised land. The following verse from the message describes how God’s refines us and blesses us. Bless our God, O peoples! Give him a thunderous welcome! Didn’t he set us on the road to life? Didn’t he keep us out of the ditch? He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires, Brought us into hardscrabble country, pushed us to our very limit, Road-tested us inside and out, took us to hell and back Finally brings us to this well-watered place. Psalm 66:1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!