Time moves swiftly. Even young people notice it. I think the Lord used David to write for us. We think about the year near the end of December. Verse 11 of Psalms 65 says thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. This psalm is a combination of prayer and praise to the Lord. David said the year was crowned with God’s goodness.
We measure life by time: seconds, days, months, and years. When we think about everything we divide it up and measure it. Businesses are doing that now. The holidays help to bring losses up and end the year in the black instead of the red. That’s why they want good holiday sales as that represents the bulk of sales. David tallied it all and didn’t put the checkmark in the red. I keep records on a calendar of what I do. I need to do that for reporting. If we all kept a record of our life we’d clearly see how the Lord has helped us through. The goodness of God is the central gift of all the other gifts.
Here it is the end of 2017. We can’t say we’re ending the year in the red because the Lord has been so good. Think about it. What’s the best thing God has done for you this year? I realize that if we mentioned all the good things we’d be here all night. If anyone would like to share something in particular about the best thing God has done for you this year, I’d like to give you time now.
(Several people shared testimonies of God’s goodness, faithfulness, patience, and help in the year.)
Psalm 65 ends with these two verses. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing. I want you to notice the last part. Many fields in this area are covered with corn. Notice what David said they do: they shout for joy, they also sing. The corn shouts and sings with joy. Well, if they can do that, I believe I can. We all can. As we think about the end of the year we can shout and sing. God has been good.