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June 7 - Evening

"For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
and fulfill my vows to you—
vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
when I was in trouble.
I will sacrifice fat animals to you
and an offering of rams;
I will offer bulls and goats.

- Selah -

Come and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!"

- Psalms 66:10-20

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Psalm 66 begins by calling people from all the earth to worship God. A series of imperatives (the voice of a command) are used in verse 66:1-4. These commands are paused for a Selah which is followed by an invitation to everyone to see what God has done and why he should be praised (66:6-9).

In verses 66:10-12 the psalmist reviews the process of testing the people of God underwent as they, not merely waited, but were prepared by the process  of refining that brought them “to a place of abundance.” (66:12) The preparation process of testing and refining was not easy, in fact, its description is harsh. The Hebrew verb translated “test” in 66:10 is also used when describing the refining of metal. This testing is not meant to destroy the person (or, the metal), but to develop the person (or, purify the metal).

The tests (66:10-12) included:

  • “prison” which would likely have involved oppression by a government and false accusations.
  • “burdens on our backs” which involved harsh physical labor.
  • “men ride over our heads” indicating people were one of the sources of the testing.
  • “fire and water” are used to identify two opposite extremes which indicated the testing was comprehensive.

The result of God’s process of training, testing, purifying and preparing his people is beautifully summed up in the second half of 66:12:

            “…but you brought us to a place of abundance.”

Examples of God using this process to refine his people for greatness is also seen in these verses:

Psalm 66:13-15 indicates that while these people were in the midst of the testing they sought God and made vows to honor him when their testing was finished.

“I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you – vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.”

In 66:16 the psalmist begins to testify to other people about what God has done. The writers experience in testing and in deliverance into abundance is proclaimed and accompanied with teaching that clarifies these practices while in testing:

  1. Cried out to God in prayer (66:17, 18, 19)
  2. Praised God (66:17)
  3. Rejected sin (66:18)
  Christian Quote from Church History

"Those, therefore, who delivered up their souls to death for Christ’s Gospel — how could they have spoken to men in agreement with already established opinions? If this had been the course they adopted, they would not have suffered. But since they did preach things contrary to those people who did not assent to the truth, for that reason they suffered. It is evident, therefore, that they did not relinquish the truth, but with all boldness preached to the
Jews and Greeks."
- Irenaeus, 185 AD




Something to Ponder??
Cries to Jesus in Matthew
Cry of Despair, 8:29
Cry of Need, 9:27
Cry of Fear, 14:26
Cry of Danger, 14:30
Cry of Intercession, 15:22
Cry of Persistence, 20:31
Cry of Delight, 21:9
Cry of Contempt, 27:23
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Eudia (Gr) – good weather (Eng) – the Greek word eudia is mentioned one time in the NT when Jesus mentions good weather in Matthew 16:2-3 along with cheimon (bad weather). Cheimon also means winter and is used by John in John 10:22 to identify when the Feast of Dedication is celebrated. Cheimon is also used by Paul when he requests Timothy to come visit him
before cheimon (the winter of 67 AD) in 2 Timothy 4:21.


The existence of biblical king Pekah of northern Israel in
2 Kings 15:27 is confirmed
by Assryian records of
Tiglath-pileser III

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will consider my hardships as tests, trials and discipline from the Lord. I will be faithful to God.
I will learn and grow from situations. I will experience deliverance of the Lord.

  "A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
for waging war you need guidance,
and for victory many advisers."
- Proverbs 24:5-6
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(morning only) Isaiah 10 Proverbs 15
Prayer for Today
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Ask for Godly
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Olive oil press

Herodian gate for New Testament Jerusalem

Details of a Herodian gate for New Testament Jerusalem
on the west side of the Old City Jerusalem. This is just outside the west wall of the city south of the Joppa Gate.

An olive press for pressing olives and collecting the oil...see details at here  
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