Psalm 65:  Thou Hast So Provided the Earth for Us

Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power;  You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.  Psalm 65:6. 7

A Harvest Hymn

 

The forgiven praise God, deeply aware of the awesome power He has exercised on their behalf and thankful for the agricultural abundance that brings His people prosperity.

Psalm 65 is a wisdom psalm and more particularly a creation psalm (as Ps. 19).  A Psalm of David. A Song. It celebrates rainfall, sharing the mood of Ps. 104 in this regard.  It celebrates rainfall, sharing the mood of Ps. 104 in this regard.  But this is also a prophetic psalm, although it is not always recognized as such.  The prophetic element is signaled in the first verse, the vow of praise yet to be paid – that is, all creation is waiting to praise the Lord when He finally appears in glory (see Rom. 14:10, 11; Rev. 19:5).  The psalm has five movements: (1) a vow of praise yet to be performed (vv.1-3) (2) a blessing pronounced on the redeemed (v. 4) (3) a celebration of God’s power that extends throughout the earth (vv. 5-8) (4) a celebration of God’s provision of rain (vv. 9-10) (5) a celebration of God’s coming blessings in the year of His goodness (vv. 11-13).

65:1 Praise is awaiting You:  There is still a vow of praise to be performed (v.3).  In the background of this psalm is an idea not far from that of Paul in Rom. 8:22, the groaning of creation for its release from the curse brought on it by humanity’s fall (Gen. 3:17).  The point of the psalm is twofold: (1) Every good rain and every full harvest is a blessing from God, showing His delight in His creation.  (2) A day of God’s goodness is coming in which good rains and harvests will be greater than ever before.

1  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; And to You the vow shall be performed.

65:2, 3 atonement:  David speaks of a coming day when sin will be dealt with fully, when redemption will be completely paid.  This took place in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (see Eph. 1:7).

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.

65:5-8 The awesome power of God at creation in the beginning (Job 26) will one day be seen anew in the restoration of all things.  Noise of the seas:  God’s power over the “dark powers” of the seas is a regular theme in the royal psalms (Ps. 93).

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 peoples8  They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.

65:9, 10 You visit the earth:  Rainfall is seen here as a gracious visitation of God.  This is in keeping with the provisions of God’s covenant with Israel (Deut. 28:12).  These words have some fulfillment every time the rains bring productivity to the earth.

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.

65:11-13 Your paths: Your paths:  The picture is of wagon tracks across the heavens, where the “cart” of God’s mercies sloshes abundance on the earth below.  They also sing:  The “singers” here are the pastures and the valleys.  The coming of God’s kingdom to earth will be magnificent time of productivity (67:6).  This is the vow that remains to be performed (v. 1).

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 flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.

** I know the joy of farming in our little backyard.  The wonder of sprouts poking out of dark soil.  The beauty of flowers before they bear fruit.  The joy of rain lightly falling on all of my plants – the delicate balance of its strength.  Birds and rabbits visit my little square yard to make the fairy tale land complete.  I also know my God who created all these for us to enjoy.  Who holds us lovingly in His hands.


Praise for God’s Bounty in Nature

65 1  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. 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 flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.

 

 

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