For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song. 1 Our God, we look forward to praising you in Zion. We will keep our promises to you. 2 All people will come to you, because you hear and answer prayer. 3 When our sins became too much for us, you forgave our lawless acts. 4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to worship you. You bring us into the courtyards of your holy temple. There in your house we are filled with all kinds of good things. 5 God our Savior, you answer us with right and wonderful deeds. People all over the world and beyond the farthest oceans put their hope in you. 6 You formed the mountains by your power. You showed how strong you are. 7 You calmed the oceans and their roaring waves. You calmed the angry words and actions of the nations. 8 Everyone on earth is amazed at the wonderful things you have done. What you do makes people from one end of the earth to the other sing for joy. 9 You take care of the land and water it. You make it able to grow many crops. You fill your streams with water. You do that to provide the people with grain. That’s what you have decided to do for the land. 10 You water its rows. You smooth out its bumps. You soften it with showers. And you bless its crops. 11 You bring the year to a close with huge crops. You provide more than enough food. 12 The grass grows thick even in the desert. The hills are dressed with gladness. 13 The meadows are covered with flocks and herds. The valleys are dressed with grain. They sing and shout for joy.
I have been challenged to expand my thinking in the area of faith. Faith is a big part of being an effective leader. A person of faith sees the promises of God that have not yet been fulfilled, and can see as if it has already happened. Then they keep persevering in prayer until it comes to pass.
In Psalm 65, David is speaking (actually, singing) out his faith in the goodness of God and for what is to yet to come. He sings praise for answered prayer, for forgiveness, for salvation for all people, and for abundant provision. David is singing out his faith in what God will do, as well as being thankful for what He has already done.
It’s so easy to get stuck focusing on what our natural eyes can see – difficult circumstances and challenges, and not lift our eyes to see in faith what God will do. May I be a person of faith and one who will not give up praying until God’s purposes come to pass.
Written by Shelley Witt