The Abundance of Water

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. Psalm 65:9

When you see the laws of nature at work, it’s a wonderful thing to behold. You hear stories of farmers praying for rain because they know that without rain, their crops will die and they may starve or have a very lean harvest. Without water, the plants and crops just do not grow.

Throughout the Bible, water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Using the analogy above, without the Holy Spirit in our lives coaxing, prodding, encouraging, disciplining, and strengthening us, we will not grow as Believers. We will “wither on the vine,” so to speak, until one day we shrivel up and fade away. At the very least we will not be productive.

The key to the Christian life is being connected to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Palm of His Hands

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. Psalm 65:6-8

The seas. Stilled.
The nations. Calmed.
The earth. Filled with awe. Songs of joy.

Absolute control over everything we can and can’t see.

Why then do we worry about anything?

The whole world? Sure, it’s in the palm of His hands.

And so are we.

Changes

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, Psalm 65:5

We sometimes pray, “Show us your glory, Lord” though I’m not sure we know exactly what that looks like. As this Scripture states, however, sometimes that glory is His awesome and righteous deeds.

It’s the unexpected beauty of a sunrise or sunset.

It’s the evidence of a changed life.

It’s the magic of the Northern Lights.

It’s a church working to help a family in need.

It’s a gift to the poor or a visit to a prison.

It’s praying for Brothers and Sisters in persecuted countries

When Christ changes your life, your life changes dramatically. Often the change is gradual and incremental, but as each day passes, more changes are noticeable. I liken it to Summers and Winters in Alaska.

Many people ask what it was like living in six months of daylight and six months of complete darkness. It doesn’t work like that. It was a gradual change. After June 21st, six minutes of daylight were lopped off until Winter Solstice on December 21 when the sun peeks his head up over the horizon and drops back down. It was gradual.

After December 21st, we gained six minutes of light. Day to day we didn’t realize the changes, but if you were to go away for 3 months and return, you’d definitely notice that there were 3 more hours of darkness/daylight (180 minutes) than when you left.

Change in the Believer’s life is much the same way. As people read the Scripture and try to live a Godly life, change happens, not major changes but old habits and ways begin to change, little by little and step by step. It’s clearly a righteous deed that only God could perform. The world scoffs at such change and says the new religion is merely a crutch. Those in the faith know differently, though we may put up a small fight. But at the end of the day, God is working and performing awesome deeds that can only be explained if there was a God in Heaven.

Pick Me! Pick Me!

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. Psalm 65:4

When we were kids it was always fun to be chosen first or second when leaders were dividing up people for teams. when we were even smaller, we would yell “pick me, pick me!” If we had “proven” ourselves in sports we wouldn’t need to yell anymore because people knew how well you played if we were good.

The kingdom of God fortunately does not rely on the athletic prowess, aesthetic beauty, wealth, or even the great deeds of its participants. The kingdom is filled with people who have called on the name Jesus Christ as their savior.

We get to enjoy kingdom privileges – the “good things of His house” – from day one.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4

I’m pretty sure I don’t understand why or how or when of this choice, but I’m certainly glad it happened.

And I didn’t even have to yell, “pick me, pick me!”

Forgiveness

You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.
When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Psalm 65:2-3

The beauty of the Gospel is that when we were at our darkest hour, He forgave us. Forgiveness is powerful in itself, but forgiveness by someone who can make an eternal difference is unexpected and humbling. We forget what it was like when it was all brand new. It was like we were given a second chance, a chance to do it all over again, but this time to love people in the process, having joy while doing it, and any number of fruits of the Spirit that God begins bringing out in us.

Thank God today for the forgiveness we have in Christ, and for His Holy Spirit, who enables us to embody these fruits of the Spirit.