It’s I WILL Wednesday!
Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16
Psalm 66 takes place during the Feast of the Passover, when the Israelites remembered and celebrated how God delivered them from the Egyptians generations earlier.
This psalm gives us a beautiful picture of praise. First, the whole earth is urged to praise (v. 1-4). The psalmist invites all to be active with their praise and adoration to God by admonishing those who are present to “make a joyful shout,” “sing to the honor of His name,” and “make His praise glorious.” Next, the people of God are admonished to remember God’s mighty acts and worship Him (v. 5-12). The psalmist urges the people to recall God’s great deliverance and His mighty providence.
Now something happens when we get to the 13th verse. The psalmist goes from urging others to come, see, hear and join in, to his own personal praise. On this day of celebration, in the middle of this corporate praise, the psalmist proclaims a string of I WILLS—
I WILL go into Your houses with burnt offering.
I WILL pay You my vow.
I WILL offer sacrifices
and lastly, I WILL declare what He has done for my soul.”
Then the psalmist says I WILL offer praise and worship that honors God. No matter what the world does, I WILL praise. No matter what the other saints do, I WILL worship.
The psalmist uses this opportunity as an open door to tell of the goodness of God. There in the midst of the crowd where people have gathered for a celebration of the collective deliverance of a nation, one stands and proclaims the personal victory God gave them. There is always room for celebrating God. Whether it be in a crowd or by yourself. Our God is worthy of our visual and verbal praise.
Let nothing stop you from giving worthy praise to a worthy God. Yes, invite others to join you—Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Corporate praise is a beautiful thing.
But if you find yourself by yourself, remember God is still worthy! Take the time to reflect on where God has brought you from, and what He has done for you. When you think of His goodness, don’t hold back, but say, like the psalmist, “I WILL declare what He has done for my soul!”