Praise and Commitment

Psalms 65:  Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea: Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. 10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. 12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

It’s the end of another year and we tend to look back as well as look ahead.  This psalm speaks plainly about being mindful of the year and remembering that the God of the current year will be God of the coming year.  We sometimes focus on bad things, but God brought us through.  He blessed us far more than we suffered.  Society has gone down but that doesn’t mean we have to.  Verse 11 could be the title of the psalm:  Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.  God is the confidence of all the earth.  The multitude is not putting confidence in God, but in all countries there is a minority that trusts God.

I ask each of you what you’re thankful for and what you want to do more of next year.  We’ll call it a praise and commitment session.

The service ended with a time of testimony and praise for what God has done and voicing desires to serve God better in the coming year.

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