Monday, July 7, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, July 13, 2014
Psalm 65: 10, 11, 12-13, 14 (Read)
“The Lord has visited the land and watered it;
greatly has He enriched it.”
Water is so critical for a place like the Holy Land,
as it is here in the arid climate of Southern
California. Without water we could not produce
any crops. We are blessed that “God's
watercourses are filled,” and He provides us with
an abundant harvest.
We also depend upon the Lord to supply us with
what Jesus calls the living water that satisfies our
spiritual thirst. Jesus is the Word that drenches us,
adorns our year with plenty.
How else could we bear fruit?
With His showers He softens the land, blessing its
young sprouts (that is us). We are like untilled meadows
without His word and His grace. How else could
we expect our pastures to be blanketed with grain?
The Lord prepares the earth; our paths overflow
with fruitful rain. The hills are robed in joy.
God’s Word is showered down upon us, and
does not return to Him void;
we do His will; we are His witnesses;
we keep the faith.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist speaks about the Lord having visited
the land and watered it. Tell of how the Lord has drenched
you with His living water that yields a fruitful harvest.
2. The Psalm assures us that the Lord breaks up the clods
of the land and softens it with showers. Give an example
of how God's Word has softened you up spiritually and led
you to do His will.