Saturday, November 11: The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders
On Saturdays we'll worship God through a selection from the Psalms.
Read Psalm 65:1-13
Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;
to you our vows will be fulfilled.
You who answer prayer,
to you all people will come.
When we were overwhelmed by sins,
you forgave our transgressions.
Blessed are those you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
of your holy temple.
You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
This psalm is packed with pictures from nature, from the time before earth existed to the provision of water to the farmer's field and the shepherd's flock. When's the last time you stopped to consider and be "filled with awe at your wonders," God's creation of this planet we call home, this finely intricate yet singularly spectacular organism of his design.
Pray your way through the last two stanzas of this passage a couple of times, slowly. As you do, imagine these pictures the psalmist paints, and consider what multiple meanings these phrases may have.