Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. 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. 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, 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 65:1-8
This passage contains some interesting reflections of Him, Jesus….”you forgave our transgressions”…”Blessed are those You choose”…”God our Savior”…”the hope of all the ends of the earth”. Once again I am surprised by the prophetic and seemingly dissonant language buried here, in the psalms. I wonder what the psalmist and those singing the songs thought about some of these phrases. They are such a stark contrast to some of the “clouds high above” and clouds filling the temple language used up to this point in the bible to refer to God.
I am intrigued by the statement that “We are filled with the good things of your house”. There is a sense that we are to be filled up by God and the “good things that fill His house. I wonder if these “things are spiritual things of God, since His spacious place seems to be primarily a spiritual realm.
What are good spiritual things? This is a difficult question to answer, not because there is no answer but because the answer is fundamentally a spiritual one for which earthly words are insufficient. Perhaps it is sufficient to say that God gives us the Holy Spirit, His Holy Spirit and with all good spiritual things.
There certainly been other passages that have eluded to a savior, but this is the first that I recall where the language seems to be speaking specifically about the word who became flesh, the Messiah, Jesus Christ…” the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power”. So God gave someone else, I would say Jesus, the power to form mountains, and that same person is our hope and Savior. Wow this passage is truly a hidden well.
That person, Jesus, will have the power to “still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations”. Israel is certainly a nation that has known turmoil and tragedy, both in the past here and in the present day. This Psalm would suggest that there is only one way to quiet the storm — seek after God the savior.
Hidden here in the Psalms is another reference to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is stretches of “water” like this that make me appreciate the continuous and connected nature of the “River” and the journey that on which God is leading me.
Prayer: God it is so amazing to find You here in the psalms in a way that I did not appreciate before. Thank You for guiding me and showing me these hidden wells.