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Psalm 65

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A Harvest Song

Psalms 65

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Lesson Number 48

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord will be magnified as Savior and Redeemer.
  2. The Lord will be magnified as Creator and Provider.

Practical Application

  1. Take time to worship the Lord in silence!

Questions

  1. What is the common theme of Psalms 65-68?
  2. What is the specific topic of Psalm 65?
  3. During which Old Testament feast was Psalm 65 possibly sung?
  4. How will verses 1-5, magnifying the Lord as Savior and Redeemer, be applied in the future millennial kingdom?

Answers

  1. These four psalms are all called “songs” in their titles, because they were meant to be sung in worship. They all look forward to restoration and rest for Israel.
  2. In this communal song of thanksgiving the Lord is magnified for His blessing of salvation and His blessing of provision in a bountiful land. Thus Psalm 65 could be called a harvest song.
  3. The annual Feast of Firstfruits
  4. In that day, restored Israel will fulfill their vows of worship in Zion (Jerusalem) where the Millennial Temple will be. This prayer and praise will not be only from restored Israel, but from all nations who are part of our Lord’s earthly kingdom.

Discuss/Consider

  1. As Old Testament believers sang Psalm 65 they remembered the Lord as their Savior before praising Him as their Provider. Write your own prayer following this pattern and then share it with someone.
  2. The second half of Psalm 65 praises the Lord for His creation and provision. If your days are mostly spent inside, make time this week to enjoy a bit of God’s creation. Discuss a time you were struck by God’s creative power and inspired to worship Him.

Challenge

  1. Do you take time to worship the Lord in silence? Look for small opportunities to begin this practice this week.

Key Verses

  • “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed.” Psalm 65:1
  • “You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it.” Psalm 65:9

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