PSALM 65

Good morning or evening - whenever you’re checking into our blog. Today’s blog is from Psalm 65. A psalm written by David as a song that remembers God’s promises and blessings. I don’t know about you, but I need to always keep God’s promises and blessings in the fore front of my thinking, prayer, and quiet times.  The Bible tells us to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs - and why wouldn't we since it is His Word. Singing scripture helps us mediate on it and memorize it. Pastor Craig leads us carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully each week as he prepares and helps bring God’s Word to light. Singing God’s Word brings us into deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father. I love the way the Tyndale Commentary on Psalms summarizes it.  

“Whatever event or season it first celebrated, its grateful delight in God as Redeemer, Creator and Provider makes it a rich and many-sided act of praise, not merely a psalm for a harvest festival”. (Tyndale Commentary on Psalms)

As you read over this Psalm below, read it slowly and underline the phrases that tell us something about God.  Every line is packed with meaning. I underlined the word “you” – referring to God - in the verses below to get you started. It helps me see God stand out in these verses. As you spend a few moments reflecting on this Psalm, reflect on God’s interaction with us in this world. Focus in on His presence and activity in our lives and the world He has blessed us to live in. It is packed with spiritual blessings and natural blessings.  “If you seek Him, you’ll find Him.” (Deut. 4:29, 1 Chr. 28:9, 2 Chr. 15:2)

Ps 65   To the Choir Master. A Psalm of David. A song. (ESV)
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 wrote a song on my old, twelve string Martin guitar over fifty years ago with the words from Psalm 1, and it’s helped me remember Psalm 1 to this day. I know you still think I’m a kid, but yes, I did say fifty years ago. I’ll have to share it with you one of these days. I’d love to hear your Scripture songs of praise if you’d like to share them. For fun, check out these two contemporary songs from Psalm 65 on the YouTube links below. Maybe it will inspire you to put one of your favorite Psalms to music today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2GidlZKAPI
#Scripture songs, Jason Silver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbq0tQ0FA3w
"You Crown The Year (Psalm 65:11)",  Hillsong - Worship

by Jerry Hull, Children's Ministry Pastor

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