TO CHEW ON: "You crown the year with Your goodness,
And your paths drip with abundance." - Psalm 65:11
What a perfect psalm to read and meditate on during this month of thanksgiving (well, at least in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October). This psalm is like a list poem that names things for which the writer David appreciated God. These are things for which we too can be thankful:
1. God hears our prayers (Psalm 65:2).
2. He provided an atonement for our sins (Psalm 65:3). In the Old Testament the people sacrificed animals. David would have been referring to that kind of atonement. Then God sent Jesus, the Lamb of God, who became the atoning sacrifice for anyone and everyone in the world who believes (1 John 4:10).
3. God draws us to Himself (Psalm 65:4).
4. He satisfies our spiritual hunger in His house (worship and community) (Psalm 65:4).
5. He performs amazing feats all over the world (Psalm 65:5).
6. He created majestic mountains, a reminder of His power ((Psalm 65:6).
7. He stills sea storms, a reminder that He can also still the tumult of national war and strife (Psalm 65:7).
8. The natural world He created awes people all over the world (Psalm 65:8).
9. He made the glory of sunrise and sunset (Psalm 65:8). What a fine description:
"You made the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice."
10. He sends rain and other precipitation so that the land is productive (Psalm 65:9-10).
11. His generosity makes possible the climax of the year, when the fields and hills sing with ripeness and abundance (Psalm 65:11-13). Here we have abundance in shops, supermarkets, and malls all year long!
What five personal items would you add to this thanksgiving list?
PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for all You are and give! I am so blessed by Your rich generosity. Amen.
New King James Version (NKJV) Used with permission. The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.