Brought Near

From Lynda Lindsey 

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. Psalm 65:4

You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so You have ordained it. Psalm 65:9

You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11

There is no one like our God! In this magnificent Harvest Psalm we encounter a God who not only hears our prayers and forgives our transgressions, but a God who brings us near to live with Him in His presence. God loves us with an everlasting love and He desires His sons and daughters be close at hand, not far off, not separated from Him. We are the work of His hands and our Creator rejoices in what He has made. Unlike a pagan god carved from wood or stone, our God is alive. God delights in us, desires our company, and chooses to bring us near to Himself.

God is not a God of scarcity but a God of abundance. In His generosity God brings us close and fills us with His good things for our enjoyment and sustenance. God cares for the land and waters it, sending showers of blessings for the crops, filling streams of water to provide His people with grain. Grasslands even in the desert overflow; hills are clothed with gladness, flocks of sheep fill meadows, and the valleys are mantled with grain. God’s provision of water, grain and abundance in the desert all point to Jesus our Provider, Savior, Living Water, Bread of Life, and His overflowing abundant grace, love, and mercy toward His creation and His people.

Our response to God’s bounteous goodness, to being brought near unto God? Praise! Thanksgiving! Rejoicing! Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion; God calls forth songs of joy from His people! How could we be silent when even the meadows and valleys shout for joy and sing? If our lips refuse to praise our Lord, the very stones themselves will cry out. To be brought near unto God is to be filled with His joy and peace, so much so that even the trees of the field will clap their hands in praise to God. Let’s join all creation in praise to the Holy One: shout, rejoice, dance, and sing His praises forevermore!