Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 65

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Consider the goodness of God

‘Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 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. By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation … (v7) Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people … (v9) 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 …
(v11) Thou crownest the year with thy goodness … (v13) The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.’

The blessed man whom God chose is Christ Himself. He is ‘the goodness’ in whom we are satisfied. Consider how he is ‘The Good Shepherd’. He is ‘the God of our Salvation’, whose power is evident (even this day) and causes men to fear (v5-8), yet who has ‘visited the earth’ 2000 years ago in order to bless the earth with an abundant harvest – ‘thou crownest the year with thy goodness’, not now a physical harvest, but a spiritual.
The first ‘goodness’ was a noun (v4), and speaks of the object of our satisfaction – Christ. This one is an adjective and describes the outcome of God’s blessing in Christ. Consider Roms 2:4, 2Thess 1:11,12.

God is good!

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