Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ps 65

Ps 65:1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed.
:2 O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.
:3 Iniquities prevail against me; as for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
:4 Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple.
:5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off seas;
:6 Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power;
:7 You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples.
:8 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice
:9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it.
:10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.
:11 You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.
:12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side.
:13 The pastures are clothed with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing.

This is headed as Praise to God for His salvation and Providence.

It's easy to focus just on our own stuff and never look at the big picture of what God is doing in our world, or even our own church. It was a problem for ancient Israel too. We get our heads down and all we see are our kids, our careers, our home, our needs. This was written to lift our heads and to help us see beyond the boundaries of our little circle. God has a global perspective. God is not your own exclusive possession. He is God to all who accept Him.

God is not limited to one nation. Some people in our country get that impression sometimes. Some from every nation will be saved.

God in His goodness chose to bless the world with abundance. He cares about the land. He waters it and brings a bountiful harvest year after year. People around the world suffer not because God doesn't provide but because those with plenty aren't willing to share with those in need.  

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