…this will be my prayer!
O God of Our Salvation
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
The Lord gave this to me a couple of weeks ago, to pray Psalm 65 every day of my 65th year starting on my 65th birthday. And it is so perfect in so many ways and for so many reasons for this next year! It puts my focus back where it belongs, on Him and His provision and His holiness! When faced with worldly woes and predictions of famine and gloom and doom every time I turn on the TV or fire up the laptop, I will look forward to the constant reminders of the only things that really matter!
In other birthday news, there’s a bar & grill that we drive past frequently, in one of the many small towns we travel through every week. The parking lot is always full of cars and nearly every time we say, “We’ll have to stop by there sometime.” Today is sometime! We’ll be celebrating with family this weekend, so today it will just be another fun day for Pete and I to spend together. I’m hoping I can sit up at my keyboard and play for a while too, it’s been over week since I’ve been able to do that…so I plan to have a good birthday in spite of everything.
And pray “my” psalm every chance I get.
One thought on “Thursday Thoughts – May 5, 2022 Edition: For the next year…”
This psalm has power and greatness and strength to it, and yet a gentleness, softness to it too. Beautiful.
Hope your birthday was indeed happy!!! <3 <3 <3