Psalm 65

Psalm 65 is a psalm that focuses on God’s blessing.  Scholars don’t know the occasion of this Psalm, but because of its thankfulness and praise connected to flocks and grain many think it was composed for a harvest festival.  In any case, David is full of praise and thanksgiving to God.  “Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed”.  David makes it clear that God not only deserves praise, it is due Him.  We need to exalt our Lord and Creator.  We need to honor and obey.  It is not just what is right but our duty!

He also reminds us about the power of prayer.  God alone hears our prayers.  Not some other being or group of people – prayer is heard and answered by God alone.  “O you who hears prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions”.  And God alone is able to deal with the challenges of life – when enemies attack from the outside or we are wrestling with the big problems of life on the inside – God is the one who hears and responds.  All of us need to run to Him with our prayers.

Does God answer prayer?  “By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs”.  It doesn’t get much clearer than this.  God not only hears, but answers us with His mighty hand and deeds.  He is our hope and salvation.  There is nothing too big for God to address.  And if we only look, we’ll be in awe of what He does.  That’s the God we love and serve.  He is almighty and amazing!

As a farm boy you never forget that God alone is the One who creates the harvest.  And David makes that crystal clear here too.  “You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance”.  It is God who makes it rain and makes the crop grow.  He prepares the harvest and blesses the land.  He alone is responsible for our bounty and abundance.  And we are very much surrounded by that abundance in this land we live in.  God is good, all the time, and blesses us far beyond what we need or deserve!

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