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Posted on December 30, 2012 20:11
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30, 2012

(Psalms 66: 1 – 20)
Pastor Bolaji Okulate 

Introduction:  The last Sunday of the year is a very good time for us to look back and to remember what God has done for us during the year. Remembering what God has done has many benefits which include the following.

1. It helps us to praise God with meaning: The Psalmist said “Make a joyful noise unto God all ye lands; sing forth the honor of His name, make His praise glorious” (vs. 1 – 2). When we remember what God has one for us, our very soul will sing for joy and shout Hallelujah! We give God the praise He truly deserves.

2. It helps us to appreciate the awesomeness of God’s power: The Psalmist said in v3, “Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee”. We have experienced many miracles and deliverances through His mighty hands.

3. It helps us to humble ourselves in His worship: The Psalmist said in v4, “All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah”. Thinking about God’s acts of greatness cannot but humble us. Living and non-living things alike, all testify to the greatness of God’s power.   

4. It helps us to appreciate the sovereignty of our God: In vs. 5 – 7, the Psalmist said “Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him. 7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah”. Our God alone can do as He pleases and no one can dare to challenge His authority. When He opens a door, no one can shut it and when He shuts a door, no one can open it. He is absolutely powerful.

5. It helps us to appreciate God as the giver of life: The Psalmist said in vs. 8 – 9 “O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved”.  Our God alone is the sustainer of our lives. He preserved us through many dangers and life-threatening experiences. He brought us through many terrible circumstances. 6. It helps us to appreciate God as the one in control: The Psalmist said in vs. 10 – 12 “For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. 11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. 12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place”. Many times we feel as though God has abandoned us when we go through life’s trials but He lets us know through those experiences that He is a good God and that He is in control always.

7. He helps to redeem our vows: When we remember what God has done for us, it helps us to fulfill our promises to Him. “I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble” (vs. 13 – 14).

8. It helps us to testify: The Psalmist said in v16 “16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul”. This is also true of us.

9. It helps us to move away from sin and draw closer to God (v 18): The Psalmist said “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”.

10. It helps to appreciate God as the only one who answers prayers: “Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me” (v 20).  
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