Tuesday 24 August, 2021

Psalm 65

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song. 1 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. 2 You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. 3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. 4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. 5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, 6 who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, 7 who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. 8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. 9 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. 10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. 11 You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. 12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. 13 The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

I love how this psalm describes the power and majesty of God. We are shown how God is the promise keeper and sustainer of all things.

I read in the first part of the psalm how God is the one who answers prayer, allows vows to be fulfilled, and forgives our transgressions. It is such encouragement to know the spiritual might of God reflected here. I need to remind myself that the unseen things like vows, prayers and sin have an impact on my life which can outwardly manifest in the physical world. I should not ignore them but instead bring them before God, knowing He is the one who blesses, answers, fulfills, and forgives.

The remainder of the psalm shows how God is the almighty Creator. It demonstrates His wisdom and works in keeping the earth alive and sustained. Everything on the earth serves the purpose of glorifying and making God known. It’s filled with His wonders and deliberate purpose. He is the potter, maker, creator, author, designer, originator, producer, initiator, composer, ordainer and much, much more.

How should I respond to all this? By glorifying God; making him known to all around me through praise and love. As the old saying goes ‘it is not the gift of the lover we only consider, but the love of the giver.’

Thank you, God, that you are the promise-keeper and sustainer of all things. We give you praise and long to draw near you. Thank you for all creation that you have set in place. Forgive us when we forget to reflect your just love to others. Help cleanse our hearts of everything not for You. As we see the world around us and know how much you care for it, may our hearts turn towards you. In your precious name, Jesus.  Amen.

Written by Sven Bessesen

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