Posted: September 13, 2011
Let us continue our study this week of Psalm 66 where we have the great invitation to come unto Him. I am reminded of the song we often sing at Christmas time that says, ‘Come desire of nations come, fix in us Thy humble home’. Last time we looked at verses 1-4 and the thought of come ye nations and praise Him. This week we will unpack verses 5-7 and the idea of come ye nations and behold Him.
In verse five I want us to see the invitation with an explanation. Whenever we draw nigh to the Lord let us come with a spiritual eye to see. The psalmist said let us see the works of God. I noticed the word work is in the plural. The works of our God are so many that all the books in the world could not hold the example of these works. I guess for me the greatest work I have ever beheld is when he saved my soul. I still after 43 years stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene and wonder how He could love me a sinner condemned and unclean, but I am led to say ‘oh how marvelous, oh how wonderful, is my Savior's love for me’.
In verse five we are invited to see the wrath of God. The Lord's terrible works here are done against the enemies of God's people. Throughout history God has performed terrible deeds against those who attacked His people. Spurgeon said, “The same God still lives today and is to be worshiped with trembling reverence.”
In verse six I see the invitation with examples. In two brief statements the Lord gives the great examples of God's deliverance of His people and invites us, His people, to come and see. In verse six the phrase that He used is, ‘He turned the sea into dry land’. This is certainly the example of the crossing of the Red Sea. There was much orchestration done by the sovereign God before the sea became dry land. There were 10 plagues the worst of which was the last when the oldest of every Egyptian both man and beast died. The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart. Then all that had the blood of the lamb upon their door post experienced life and crossed over on dry land. The other example is found in the phrase ‘they went through the flood on foot’. It speaks of the crossing of the Jordan River. What a marvelous example. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, over 1 million died because of unbelief, God opened the Jordan during a flood season and they walked over to the Canaan land. The first song they sung was Moses song of redemption and John in Revelation said the first song they sung will be the last song we sing.
The last truth is found in verse seven and it is the invitation with exaltation. We are told that our God will rule for ever with power. The world would like us to see a God that is without power and no authority over what we do. They are sadly mistaken. I invite you to come and behold the God of the Bible. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever more. We are told His eyes miss nothing; His eyes are going to and fro in the earth beholding the evil and the good. It is an all seeing eye and the psalmist warns us not to lift ourselves in rebellion before His eyes. Nebuchadnezzar told us long ago that He is able to abase those who lived pride. This section of invitation to the nations to come and see ends with the word Selah. In the words of John Phillips in defining the word Selah I close with, ‘well what do you think about that’?