By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with 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 richness.
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.
Devotion by Rochelle Lofstrand
Today’s scripture is full of imagery of God’s creation. James Boice says that “Psalm 65 is an extraordinary, exquisite poem about nature. But it is also predominantly about the God of nature, who is gracious to humankind, powerful in acts, and the source of all nature’s bounty—which is what we would expect of a song written by David, the great poet of Israel.” Referred to as the “Harvest Psalm”, Psalm 65 reminds of God’s glory in the world around us and that we need to rejoice with great joy in all God has provided for us.
As we begin to feel the effects of Fall - cooler weather, falling leaves, pumpkins, mums - let us always remember to thank God for the richness all around us. For it is in this beauty where God is working.
God, we never take enough time to stop and ‘smell the flowers’. My prayer today is that I can look, see you, and appreciate you all around me. Thank you for the gift of wilderness, of oceans, of mountains, and of creatures great and small. Amen.