Psalm 65: Concert of Gratitude

Praise is rightfully Yours, God, in Zion; vows to You will he fulfilled. All humanity will come to You, the One who hears prayer. Iniquities overwhelm me; only You can atone for our rebellions. How happy is the one You choose and bring near to live in Your courts! We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple (vv. 1-4).

God is so good; God is so good; God is so good … He’s so good to me.” The words of this chorus reflect the view of ancient believers who celebrated this life-sustaining affirmation in conjunction with the barley harvest (Lev. 23). This psalm holds the key to the “utter fulfillment, blissful happiness, and complete contentment” available to modern-day believers as well.

In meditation, I review God’s blessings on my life—salvation, answered prayer, Christian fellowship. I’ll never forget the night, when I was seven, my mom led me to the Lord. I was afraid and upset. She comforted me with Christ’s words in John 6:37: “All the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out” (kjv). Upon accepting that promise, peace and serenity displaced my childish fears. Since then, I have felt God’s hand of provision. Once when Karen and I were down to our last nickel, an unexpected royalty check put food on our table!

Finally, like the temple worshippers, I have been chosen and brought near to life in his courts! What sublime happiness awaits me for the rest of my life and through all eternity. All the good things of his house are mine! Where will I experience real happiness and a rich, inner satisfaction? Only in the presence of the Lord.

Personal Prayer

O God, my Savior, thank you for saving me, for sustaining me, and for giving me all the good things of your house.

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