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Psalm 65:1

ESV To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.
NIV For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song. Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.
NASB There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, God, And the vow will be fulfilled for You.
CSB Praise is rightfully yours, God, in Zion; vows to you will be fulfilled.
NLT What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you,
KJV {To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.} Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

What does Psalm 65:1 mean?

This psalm opens with an unusual turn of phrase in Hebrew. In their original order, the words are "to you silence praise Oh God in Zion." This results in several subtly different translations into English. These share the important themes of praise being owed to the Lord and the quietness or rest of His people. This parallels other psalms which refer to stillness and silence as forms of submission to God (Psalm 46:10; 62:1, 5; 131:2). The psalm also implies that God's people are eagerly ready to praise Him; they anticipate His answer to prayer. They commit to meeting their obligations and following God's will.

To "praise" is to express approval, or admiration, or agreement. Psalm 150 instructs praise to the Lord for what He has done as well as for who He is (Psalm 150:1–2). This call extends to all people, and even to all living things (Psalm 150:6). Romans 15:11 echoes the instruction by saying, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him."

Obedience is also an important part of properly honoring God. True obedience means more than simple effort: it implies cooperation with what the Lord has commanded, as He has commanded it. The prophet Samuel challenged King Saul for sacrificing to God in a way the Lord had not allowed: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?" (1 Samuel 15:22). He answered his own question by stating, "to obey is better than sacrifice."
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