“Thank God!” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – March 22

Psalm 65:1-13   A Thanksgiving Psalm by David

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Psalm 65:1-13  Thank God!

Psalms 65 through 67 (and possibly 68) are all Psalms of Thanksgiving as voiced by the entire community of Jews.  We just saw at the end of Psalm 64 that believers will rejoice at the culmination of all things because God is going to set everything and everyone straight.  There will finally be true justice for all.  No one will get away with anything!  Well, except those who have trusted Christ to pay the price for them (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 6:20).

This psalm could be seen as expressing the environment in Heaven at the beginning of the Millennium (v. 1).  There will be silence not long before the Millennium begins at the breaking of the seventh seal (cf. Rev. 8:1).  Silence is an important part of worship.  My son once attended a service in his college town that observed an entire hour of silence every week.  That may not be necessary but do you ever take time to just sit before the Lord in silence and worship (cf. 2 Sam. 7:18).

David vowed to keep his promises to God (v. 1b).  Do you keep your promises to God?

The best way to begin a prayer to God is with praise (vv. 2, 4-13), followed by confession of sins (v. 3).  David has structured this prayer the same way.  He inserts confidence that God will hear him and he will be blessed (v. 4) before moving to a description of nature (vv. 5-8) that God has graciously given to us to provide for our bodily needs (vv. 9-13).

Have you ever heard anyone use the expression, “Thank God!”  Did they really mean they were thanking God?  You can use this prayer to actually thank God for providing everything you need (cf. Phil. 4:19; Matt. 5:25-34).

David praises God for the earth and seas (v. 5), the mountains (v. 6), the seas and oceans (v. 7), and the dawn and sunset (v. 8).

David lived in an agrarian society and depended on God for the harvest each year for sustenance.  Farmers and people closer to the earth than most suburbanites can appreciate God’s sovereignty over nature.  So David thanks God for water (v. 9), ground to grow crops (v. 10), bountiful harvests (vv. 11-13), and abundant livestock (v. 13a).

Let heavens (v. 8b) and nature sing!  And they are (v. 13c)!

 

Proverbs 11:23  Two Kinds Of People

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Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  ‘But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!'” (Matt. 6:22-23).   In other words, if you keep your desire pure, you will be pure.

And if you keep your desires pure, then you will “Delight yourself in the LORD . . . He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psa. 37:4).

When you put those two sets of verses together you get: “The desire of the righteous is only good” (v. 23a).  You will desire what God wants you to have and then you’ll get what you want.  Then you’ll be happy!

On the other hand, “the expectation of the wicked is wrath” (v. 23b).  That is because they go against God’s will.  God will put them in their place.  And you know what that place is.

C.S. Lewis once said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’  All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it.  Those who seek find.  Those who knock it is opened.'”

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