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PSALM 65 - Harvest Prayer 5 Jan 2020
Knowing that it is an interpretation, I imagine Jerusalem as a harvest for the only God. I am sure that God has prepared a harvest for himself. The harvest may differ from what I expect.
What harvest do I pray for?
When I am honest, I do not thank God for a harvest. Although I do thank Him for the income from my work. I never or seldom thank him for reasonable economics, for clean water, for the fruits I eat.
I may pray for a dry passthrough on a rainy day. I never pray for a bearable climate. I do pray for my daily bread, but only because I pray the "Our Father". I do pray for the souls of my fellow people. I ask for an enormous harvest.
1 [For the choirmaster. Psalm Of David. Song]
Praise is rightfully yours, God, in Zion.
Vows to you shall be fulfilled,
2 for you answer prayer.
All humanity must come to you 3 with its sinful deeds.
Our faults overwhelm us, but you blot them out.
4 How blessed those whom you choose
and invite to dwell in your courts.
We shall be filled with the good things of your house,
of your holy temple.
5 You respond to us with the marvels of your saving justice,
God our Saviour, hope of the whole wide world,
even the distant islands.
6 By your strength you hold the mountains steady,
being clothed in power,
7 you calm the turmoil of the seas,
the turmoil of their waves.
The nations are in uproar,
in panic those who live at the ends of the earth;
8 your miracles bring shouts of joy to the gateways of morning and evening.
9 You visit the earth and make it fruitful,
you fill it with riches;
the river of God brims over with water,
you provide the grain.
To that end 10 you water its furrows abundantly,
level its ridges, soften it with showers and bless its shoots.
11 You crown the year with your generosity,
richness seeps from your tracks,
12 the pastures of the desert grow moist,
the hillsides are wrapped in joy,
13 the meadows are covered with flocks,
the valleys clothed with wheat;
they shout and sing for joy.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
A Harvest for God (Jerusalem)