Church in Minnesota
Environmental Stewardship Commission
Year A, Easter 5
Year C, Proper 23 (RCL)
Psalm 66: 1-11
|Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
sing the glory of his Name;
sing the glory of his praise.
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! *
because of your great strength
your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down before you, *
sings to you, sings out your
Come now and see the works of God, *
how wonderful he is in his
doing toward all people.
He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through
the water on foot, *
and there we rejoiced in
||In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over
the nations; *
let no rebel rise up against
Bless our God, you peoples; *
make the voice of his praise
to be heard;
Who holds our souls in life, *
and will not allow our feet
For you, O God, have proved us; *
you have tried us just as
silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare; *
you laid heavy burdens upon
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and
but you brought us out into
a place of refreshment.
Reflection on Psalm 66:
by John Gibbs, Ph D
“Becoming People Who Are Safe for the World” (The Way to Greater
A widely read book has been Your God Is Too Small. Psalm 66 is
a good antidote for anyone whose concept of God is much “too small.” This
hymn calls on “all the earth” (vv. 1, 3) to sing joyful praise to the God
of awesome deeds and great power.
This God is sovereign over “the nations” (v. 7), as people of the Exodus
know (v. 6). Accordingly, the all-powerful God is at the same time the
all-gracious God. (The German language states this in two words that sound
very similar: All-mchtige and All-gndige.) Through
the vicissitudes of history God has tried and tested us (vv. 10-12), while
keeping us “among the living” (v. 9).
Such a cosmic view of God motivates the ecological consciousness of
God’s People. They then think not only about power, but also about the
uses and goals of that power. For them power in the long run must be put
in the service of God’s grace toward all the earth and all nations.
To Reflections on other Readings for
1 Peter 2:1-10 or
PhD, a retired theologian, attends Trinity Episcopal Church, Park Rapids,
MN. He originally wrote this reflection in 2002. He and
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