Psalm 65

Hello, my friend.   These are rainy, spring days.  We prefer the warmth of strong sunshine, but the rains are important for the newly planted crops.  And the purpose of the planting is of course the harvest.  I sometimes think we forget this when it comes to sharing the Gospel. Too often we are excited when someone accepts Christ, and we have big celebrations.  But how often do we realize, in our churches, that when someone is born anew, then the work begins, including faithful nourishing, caring, loving, personal attention and protection. That is what discipling is about.  When we plant, we must have the harvest in mind, and the harvest represents seedlings which have grown to maturity and are themselves able to reproduce.

So our PSALM 65 for today is considered to be one which David wrote to be sung annually when the first grain of the year’s barley harvest was brought to the Lord  by the priest as a dedication offering (as we find in Lev. 23:9-14.)  David refers to our salvation when he says, in vs. 3, “When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions, answering us with awesome deeds of righteousness.”

And then David describes some of these deeds in vss.6-8, when he praises God who has formed the mountains, has stilled the roaring of the seas, enabling people afar to fear God’s wonders.  Some are enjoying the morning dawn while others at the same moment are in the fading evening.  All around the world God calls forth songs of joy.  But even more important he describes in this chapter so uniquely the way God prepares us for the harvest.  Notice in vs. 9, he speaks of God who “cares for the land and waters it; enriching it abundantly.”  And he extols God for his streams which are filled with water, providing people with grain, drenching the soil,  furrows and leveling its ridges; softening the land with showers and blessings its crops.

And then he says, “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance, grasslands of the desert overflow, hills are clothed with gladness, meadows are covered with flocks, valleys are mantled with grain… and all creation shouts for joy and sings.”  Isn’t that strikingly beautiful?   So often we take the wonder of nature for granted, with abundant food, pure water, comfort in our homes in summer and winter, and fail to thank God for the wonder of nature and all He provides by the marvelous way He has created the world.  I love this Psalm’s reminder that we should, now and then, just pause and thank God for the beautiful world around us, all a gift from His loving hands, and the harvest of spiritual growth which we can enjoy in the lives of those we have reached for Christ.

“We are again stirred, Lord Jesus, by this reminder of the marvelous creation in which we live and move and have our being.  Thank you for the abundance of your provision for our every need.  We can’t find words equal to our thankfulness, but we rejoice in all you mean to us, Lord Jesus.   Bless my friend, and anyone at this moment in very special need. Thank  you Lord, Jesus, for your Word and Your faithfulness, day by day.” 

And thank you, special friend, for your prayers and loving encouragement.  I thank God for you!  Cheerio!

These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000. Copies are available for $10 and can be ordered here.

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Psalm 65

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