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Friday, January 18, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 65

Praise is due to you,
     O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
     O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
     you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
     to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
     your holy temple.

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. (NRSV)


Honestly, I don’t think about crops or farming much. My crops are always amply supplied on the shelves and aisles of my local grocery store. Cans, bottles, bunches of fruit and vegetables, nicely aligned with labels, codes, and prices, all ripe for my picking. I know this abundance of substance is provided through an intricate system of logistics, pathways, and portable refrigeration. When actually tracked—earth floor to my cupboard—it is quite amazing. Yet, amidst this incredible system there is a deadly danger: assumption/self-sufficiency.

It’s not that I would actually say, “I don’t need God” or “Sorry David, but Psalm 65 is outdated. We have evolved as a society. We can more or less take care of ourselves.” But in some senses, not stopping and acknowledging that God is the provider of all things is a form of saying this.

I need more Psalm 65. I need to stop and acknowledge that God visits the earth and waters it. That God provides the grain. That God softens and blesses the earth with growth. Praise is due to God because God provides abundantly.


Dear God, I’m sorry that I don’t stop and thank you for all that you provide. Today, praise is due to you. Thank you for your provisions. Amen.

Written by Daniel Holladay, Administrative Assistant to Children, Youth, and Family Ministry and the Day School

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