The Psalms are often very personal. We read today of the great things God has done, and will yet do. The more we are conscious of God, the more we should have the desire to serve Him and that our service should be the very best we can give. It is those who are not consciousness of the all-seeing God who cherish thoughts of sinful ways.

The Psalms are the hymn book of ancient Israel. Most were designed to be sung in the Temple, so imagine singing Psalm 66 in the Temple Solomon built. “I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to you, that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble … Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul … If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God truly has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer” (verses 13,14,16,18,19).

God knows whether we are genuine, sometimes more than we might be prepared to admit. Remember how Jesus in the temple taught them, saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’” (Mark 11:17). That time is now near and those who do not cherish iniquity in their hearts will be there, experiencing the reality of the opening words of this Psalm!

“Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you …’” (verses 1-4). May we be there to sing endless praise.