I love the Psalms. They are reminders of what it means to believe, to hold faith, to trust, and to keep moving forward despite the circumstances of life.
What I love about Psalm 65 is that it’s all about the attributes, action, and responsibility, ownership of a god who is bigger than our imagination. It begins right away with a promise to be fulfilled without the manipulative hands of man: “to You the vow shall be performed” (NKJV 942).
The Psalmist carries this powerful message through the passage showing us the intricate, active moving hand of the Creator. I’ve read this Psalm several times before but today, what stands out the most are the action words – of God who was, is, and always will be on the move.
In one way this is about belonging. It is about redemption. It is about cleansing. It is about a promise – a covenant made and kept.
Think about this in Psalm 65: all the things the Psalmist writes about God are words of movement. The repetitive: you make, you who does, you who are, you who is able, you water, you enrich, and you still. The Psalmist squares the reality of Who is in charge, taking care of our souls and the world in which we live. There is not much we can do to make this world operate the way we want it to.
It points us back to who God is and what He can do. There is such comfort in that knowing. It is God who makes things happen with and even sometimes without our faith. He does that which we cannot do for ourselves. He took it upon himself to be the Creator, Initiator, the One who starts it all. He gave us a promise, and then did His part and continues to do His part to keep it. He’s just that faithful.
He doesn’t wait for us to get our act together. God is a man of action. He speaks and does and He does what He speaks.
The psalmist is aware of this. I am now more aware of this.
In honor the this week’s Psalms Journey, I pieced together a bit of found poetry – a throwback to my teaching days where you take a passage of literature, find the best or most impactful bits, and create a poem – no addition, no explanations, just letting the words stand on their own to allow deeper meaning to pierce the soul.
NKJV Study Bible. Radmacher, gen ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.
Praise is awaiting You,
The vow shall be performed
You who hear prayer
To You all flesh will come
Blessed is the man You choose
You will provide atonement
You choose and cause to approach You
You will answer us
You who are the confidence of all
Established with power
You still the noise of the seas
You make morning and evening rejoice
You visit the earth and water it
You greatly enrich
You prepared it
You water abundantly
You make it soft,
You bless its growth
You crown the year with Your goodness
Linking up with Stephanie Spencer at Everyday Awe for Psalms Journey this week. Come join the reflections and discussions.
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This is about joining together as a community to rise up and declare the value and beauty and frustration and power of God’s Word.
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