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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 65:1-2, 5, 9-13
KEY VERSE: By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea. (Psalm 65:5) Note: In todays language “terrible things” means “awesome things.”
INTRODUCTION: “To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.” It is known as a restoration psalm—“… of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21).
The “restitution of all things” does not mean that everyone is going to be saved. Exactly what are the “all things” which are to be the subject of restitution?
“The times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” The prophets had spoken of the restoration of Israel.
Psalm 65 is a hymn of joyful thanksgiving and may have been sung at a spring festival celebrating God’s salvation and His bountiful provision in the earth. The tone of the hymn is one of joy. All people can come to God and experience His forgiveness (verses 1-4).
INSIGHT: God hears our prayers and responds to them. God is to be praised because He forgives our sins. God also merits praise because He is the great Creator who establishes the mountains, controls the seas, and sends rain to water the crops. The writer described the wonder of God’s provision in picturesque language (Psalm 65:9–13). Even nature itself participates in praise of God’s abundant provision (verses 11–13).
I. GOD ANSWERS PRAYER. (Psalm 65:1-2, 5)
A. A Prayer For Forgives. (Psalm 65:1-4)
(Psalm 65:1) 1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
This song of praise is set in Zion, the temple (verse 1). It is arranged into three sections, each expressing God's grace toward humanity.
(Psalm 65:2) 2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
The greatest of all is that God’s forgiveness of sin.
He will hear prayer, and as for our transgressions, He forgive[s] the sin of all men (lit., "all flesh," meaning any human being, whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman who come to Him (verse 2).
(Psalm 65:4) 4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
(Psalm 65:3) 3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
This wording parallels Solomon's prayer (following in his father's footsteps!) at the dedication of the temple (see, 1 Kings 8:1-43). How blessed is the one whom God thus choose[s] (verse 4) to forgive (verse 3).
And if such forgiveness comes about by God's choice, then it cannot come about through the striving or merit of man or woman. It’s simply and wonderfully a gift of God (see, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Praying For Unsaved Friends
By J. A. Mahood
Examples of great prayer warriors by Rev. J. A. Mahood, an evangelist at the turn of the 20th century:
· A Pray For Revival: Women in Texas prayed for missionary daughter in Hinghwa, China, that they would have a revival. When a letter arrived 3 weeks later the revival had started and 1,000 were saved in 50 days.
· A Pray For Salvation: Dr. A. T. Pierson talked with George Muller shortly before his death and asked him whether he had ever presented any petition to God that had not been granted, and Mr. Muller said that there were two men for whom he had prayed sixty-two years and they were not converted. “Do you expect God to convert them?” asked Pierson.
“Certainly. Do you suppose that God would put upon His child for sixty-two years the burden of two souls if He had not purpose of their salvation? I shall meet them in Heaven certainly.”
Shortly after Mueller’s death, Pierson was preaching in Bristol and he referred to this conversation. As he was leaving the church a lady said, “One of those men was my uncle, and he was converted and died a few weeks ago.” The other, a man in Dublin, was also brought to Christ.
-- J. A. Mahood, Biblical Evangelist, January 10, 1989
B. A Prayer For Amazing Things. (Psalm 65:5-8)
(Psalm 65:5-8) 5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea: 6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: 7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. 8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
God's grace is expressed in His awesome deeds, “By terrible (i.e., awesome) things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea” (verse 5).
INSIGHT: This is illustrated by the awe-inspiring miracles God performed to deliver God’s people Israel, “They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice” (verse 8).
This is recalled in Psalm 106:22, “Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.”
In Psalm 106:22 the same term is applied to all God did "by the Red Sea" (i.e., “halting” Pharaoh's army with a pillar of fire, splitting the sea in half, bringing Israel across on dry land, and then drowning Pharaoh's army).
Just as Israel affirmed in their song of response that God "has become my salvation" (see, Exodus 15:2), so too did David affirm in this song (as the psalm is called in its heading) that the Lord is the God of our salvation (Psalm 65:5).
The Little Red Hen
By Josephine M. Kuntz
During the winter of 1940 Josephine Kuntz' husband, a house painter and textile worker, was temporarily unemployed because of the weather and a seasonal lay-off. It was a difficult time for the family. They literally had no money. Their eighteen-month-old daughter, Rachel, was recovering from pneumonia and wasn't doing well. The doctor insisted Rachel eat a boiled egg each day, but even that was beyond their means.
"Why not pray for an egg?" suggested a young friend. They were a church-going family, but the idea of actually praying for their needs was something they had never really considered. Josephine wasted no time. On her knees she prayed that God would provide an egg each morning for her daughter.
Later that morning Josephine heard some cackling coming from the hedge fence in front of their home. Among the bare branches sat a fat red hen. She had never seen this hen before and had no idea where it came from. She just watched in amazement as the hen laid an egg and then proceeded down the road. In a moment the hen was gone but an egg sat in her yard.
What do you do under such circumstances but thank God? The next day Josephine was startled once again to hear cackling in the hedge. The red hen came by every day for over a week and repeated this routine. Each day little Rachel had a fresh boiled egg. The little girl got better, the weather improved, and Josephine's husband went back to work. "The next morning I waited by the window and watched," Josephine says, but the little red hen did not return.
-- The Little Red Hen," Josephine M. Kuntz, SNOWFLAKES IN SEPTEMBER, (Nashville: Dimensions for Living, 1992), pp 29-30.
II. GOD’S PROVISION IS ABUNDANT. (Psalm 65:9-13)
A. God Is The Provider.
(Psalm 65:9) Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
While verses 9-13 describe the harvest year from seedtime to harvest, they apply especially to conditions in the Millennium (the 1,000 year reign on earth of Jesus Christ the King of kings) when the curse will be lifted and bumper crops will be the rule.
INSIGHT: Springtime is like a visit from God. He sends the showers from His overhead river -- the clouds that scud across the sky. Then when the ground has been prepared, He provides the seed to be planted.
B. God Blesses Our Labor.
(Psalm 65:10) Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
During the growing season, the plowed furrows are irrigated, the rain melting the clods and keeping the ground soft. Soon the crops are shooting up in abundance.
C. God Gives The Harvest.
(Psalm 65:11-13) 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. 12 They drop upon 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 over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
God crowns the growth cycle with His goodness. One Bible teacher has said, “Wherever His feet have passed, the stream of plenty flows.” The pastures yield rich supplies of hay. The little hills are covered with lush vegetation, as if filled with joy.
The pastures wear a “sheepskin coat,” clothed as they are with innumerable flocks. Ripened grain bends in rhythmic cadence across the floors of the valleys. It seems that all nature is celebrating the arrival of the age of the Messiah.
INSIGHT: Notice what these verses say, “God waters the earth to make it fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry! He prepares the earth for his people and sends them rich harvests of grain. He waters the furrows with abundant rain. Showers soften the earth, melting the clods and causing seeds to sprout across the land. Then he crowns it all with green, lush pastures in the wilderness; hillsides blossom with joy. The pastures are filled with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. All the world shouts with joy and sings.’” We do have something to thank God for: His ‘provision!’”
By Herbert VanderLugt
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness (i.e., “drops with abundance”). -- Psalm 65:11
In a day when we are bombarded with dire warnings about over-population, we must remind ourselves that God, who created and sustains everything, is a God of abundance. The psalmist praised Him for His generous provision for His creatures.
A report from the Harvard Center for Population Studies attests to the earth’s enormous potential to sustain life. The report estimates that about one-fourth of the ice-free land areas of the world can produce food sufficient for 40 billion people.
So how are we to explain the fierce hunger and starvation that so many people endure? Is this tragedy due to God’s failure to provide? No! Such hunger is the result of social and political structures that ignore God’s principles for the care of the earth and its inhabitants.
Christians should join the psalmist in praising God for the way He provides. Because of Him the “pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain” (Ps. 65:13). He gives our lives meaning and fulfillment.
Our hearts should be filled with praise and thanksgiving for all that God has given to us! Since He provides so abundantly for His creatures, let’s show our gratitude by our willingness to meet the needs of those around us.
-- Herbert VanderLugt, Our Daily Bread, August 3, 1995
CONCLUSION: Do we have enough?
We are often concerned that we will not have “enough” of what we feel we need, whatever that may be.
But we have the assurance that the Lord does provide for us.
As the Apostle Paul said, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
When we remember that the Lord provides for our needs, we can stop worrying about what we think we do not have, be at ease, and be truly thankful for all God has provided for us.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “God's store never has empty shelves.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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