What does it say?
A psalm of David that cannot be associated with any specific event, Psalm 65 praises God for answered prayer and sin forgiven. The psalmist also praises God for his wonders in nature and for the way he sends the rains and provides for both humans and animals. The author of Psalm 66 is anonymous but appears to have written it to praise God following some national calamity or trial from which God delivered Israel. Psalm 67, also of anonymous authorship, foresees the day when all the peoples of the world will worship the one true God.
Psalm 69 is written on the occasion of one of the many times David feared for his life. Which time is in view we cannot know. It speaks of great pain and suffering and his plea to God for deliverance. Psalm 70, though much shorter, shares the same circumstances with the previous psalm – written by David in dire danger crying out to God for deliverance from his enemies, yet impossible to ascertain any particular event of his life that is meant.
What does it mean?
There are some commonalities shared by these psalms, and the more we read all the psalms we see these and other threads that are constantly repeated. Here the theme of trusting God for deliverance in dangerous times and praising him for answered prayer is prominent. God’s power in nature and providing the needs for crops and animals as well as humans is another common idea.
One of the greatest themes of the psalms is God’s mission itself and that his name be worshiped and glorified among all peoples. Few places is this more evident than in Psalm 67. Review Mat 28:18-20, what we call the Great Commission, and then slowly read Psalm 67. Psalm 65 looks to the ends of the earth and those that are far off. Psalm 66 speaks also of God glorified in all lands, in all the earth among all people (nations). With all this in mind, Psalm 69 looks to the Messiah who makes possible the worship of God among all peoples. Though David could not have known how prophetic these words are, you will recognize many that are quoted in the New Testament in reference to Christ.
How will I respond?
How will I use these beautiful psalms as guides for my own prayer? How often do my prayers overflow with praise and thanksgiving, even in difficult situations? Do my prayers and my worship constantly lineup with God’s mission of his name lifted up to the ends of the earth?