Thursday, October 17, 2013

Praying Praise (Psalm 65)

Scripture: Psalm 65
Translation: 1For the director. A Davidic psalm. A Song.

2To You the praise is appropriate, God in Zion!
And to You the vow will be completed!
3You Who listens to prayer,
Toward You all flesh will come!
4Words of iniquities overpower me,
our rebellions—You atone them!
5Blessings for [the person] You chose
and You bring close!
He lives in Your courtyard!
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your House!
Your Temple is Holy!

6You answer us with awe-inspiring things in righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
O Trust of all of the ends of the earth
and the sea that are faraway!
7You Who laid the foundation of the mountains in His strength,
Who is suited up with power!
8Who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves
and the clamor of the peoples!
9And the people who live at the ends are in awe of Your miraculous signs,
The goings out of the morning and the evening You make shout for joy! 

10You visit the earth
and You make it overflow!
You make it really rich!
God’s river is full of water,
You make their grain,
because You made it that way!
11 The drenching of its furrows,
The smoothing down of its ridges!
You dissolve it with heavy-rains!
You bless its sprouts!

12You crown the year of Your goodness!
Your paths drip with fatness!
13The pastures of the wilderness drip!
And the hills dress themselves with celebration!

14The meadows clothe themselves with sheep,
the valleys cover themselves with grain!
They are shouting for joy!
They even sing!

1.      Structure
a.       Stanza 1 (vv.2-5): God is Worthy of Praise, because He gives us closeness with Him
b.      Stanza 2 (vv.6-9): God is Worthy of Praise, because He gives us awesome miracles!
c.       Stanza 3 (vv.10-11): God is Worthy of Praise, because He gives us the rains  and their blessings
d.      Stanza 4 (vv.12-14): God is Worthy of Praise, because He gives us abundant provision and joy
2.      Themes
a.       God is Worthy of Praise
b.      God is Omnipotent
c.       God is Awe-inspiring/Terrifying
d.      God is Universally Impressive
e.       God is Gracious
f.       God is the Source of All Goodness/Blessing
g.      God is the Answerer of Prayer
h.      God is the Ruler of the Weather
i.        God is the Giver
j.        God is the Causer of Joy
k.      God is the Creator
l.        God is the Atoner of Sin
3.      Doctrines
a.       Yahweh is omnipotent
b.      Yahweh is worthy of glory/praise
c.       Yahweh is gracious
d.      Yahweh is the Giver
e.       Yahweh is Sovereign
f.       Yahweh is for more than just Jews, but for the nations too
g.      Yahweh answers prayer
h.      Yahweh is gracious
i.        Yahweh deals with sin!

1.      This is what a praising prayer can look like, while it is not the only form it can take, it is a easy and common one, so we should praise God by noting what He does, has, done, will do,
2.      God answers prayer, so we should trust when He does, and rejoice when He does!

3.      We should praise Him! At the end of the day, we should just be impressed! We should be full of joy! We should be overflowing with praise! 

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