Psalm 66

1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth:
2 Sing forth the glory of his name:
Make his praise glorious.

1 See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.

See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.

1-5. Joy that there is a new church that trusts in the Lord. P. P.

3 Say unto God, How terrible are thy works!
Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies
submit themselves unto thee.
4 All the earth shall worship thee,
And shall sing unto thee;
They shall sing to thy name. [Selah
5 Come, and see the works of God;
He is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land;
They went through the river on foot:
There did we rejoice in him.
7 He ruleth by his might for ever;
His eyes observe the nations:
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. [Selah
8 Oh bless our God, ye peoples,
And make the voice of his praise to be heard;

6, 7. who will save it from evils. P. P.

8, 9. That the Lord alone has life in himself, and that every man has life from Him, the Lord teaches. See John v. 21, 26. E. 186.

8-12. The Lord was united to His Divine by means of grievous temptations. P. P.

9 Who holdeth our soul in life,
And suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10 For thou, O God, hast proved us:
Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net;
Thou layedst a sore burden upon our loins.

9 They that are in faith in the Lord are called the living. A. 290.

11, 12. The church as to the knowledges of truth falsified is signified. E. 298.

11 In this passage spiritual captivity and deliverance from it are described. Spiritual captivity takes place when the mind is shut up so as not to perceive good and understand truth. Deliverance from that state is when the mind is opened. Thou laidst affliction upon our loins signifies that there is no perception of the good of love, for the loins and thighs signify the good of love. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads signifies that there is no understanding of truth. Men and likewise heads in this case signify intelligence from the proprium, which is no intelligence. Since these things are signified therefore it is said, we went through fire and water, fire the evils which are from the love of self, water falsities. Deliverance thence is understood by, but thou broughtest us out into a broad place, by which is meant truth, the breadth signifying truth. E. 355.

12 Thou didst cause men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
13 I will come into thy house with burnt-offerings;
I will pay thee my vows,
14 Which my lips uttered,
And my mouth spake, when I was in distress.

By causing men to ride over our heads is meant that in the church then there was no intelligence. E. 577.

12 See Psalm iv. 2. R. 861.

13-17. Thus Divine truth from the Lord is with men. P. P.

15 I will offer unto thee burnt-offerings of fatlings,
With the incense of rams;
I will offer bullocks with goats. [Selah
16 Come, and hear, all ye that fear God,
And I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17 I cried unto him. with my mouth,
And he was extolled with my tongue.

13, 15. Incense signifies worship from spiritual good. Whether you say worship or confession is the same, for all worship is confession. R. 277.

To offer burnt offerings of fatlings signifies worship from the good of celestial love, to offer incense of rams signifies worship from the good of spiritual love, incense and also rams signifying that good. E. 324.

15 Burnt offerings of fatlings stand for the celestial things of love, and the incense of rams for the spiritual things of faith. A. 2830.

Burnt offerings of fatlings stand for worship from love. A. 5943.

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear:
19 But verily God hath heard;
He hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

17-19. Since the quality of prayers is according to the state of man’s heart, and consequently prayers offered up when the heart is in evil are not true prayers of worship, therefore it is said, if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me, by which is signified that He will not receive such worship. The heart of man is his love, and the love of man is his very life, consequently his prayers have a quality according to his love, or according to the quality of his life. E. 325.

20 Blessed be God,
Who hath not turned away my prayer,
Nor his lovingkindness from me.

19, 20. This has been done through His perfection. P. P.

See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1096.
See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1422.
See Psalm xxviii. 6. R. 289.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)