As we continue with ‘Psalms that have impacted my life ’ we come to Psalm 65, the title of this psalm of David is “Praise for God for His Salvation and providence”. The word providence means “The care of God for the future of man”. David in other Psalms has declared the greatness of God’s salvation, however, in this Psalm he adds another significant truth that he believes about God.  He not only believed in God for his daily situation, but he was confident in the future God had for him. The Lord says in Jerimiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I think towards you says the Lord, plans for peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope”. At the beginning of this year 2023, it is good to remind ourselves that God is in control and that the plans that He has for us in our lives are good. Verse 1 says “Praise is awaiting you, O God, in Zion; and to you, the vow shall be performed”. Zion is often used to describe a place appointed by the Lord where His followers can live and serve God.  Also, the Bible refers to Zion as  “The city of Holiness and “a city of refuge where God protects His people”. As we commence this year it is so important that we are continuously aware of the greatness of our Salvation. This is so important that we continually thank God for His great Salvation, we must never take it for granted but daily fall in love with Jesus and keep our relationship with the Lord fresh. It is so important to recognise the difference between living in the Old Testament days and the way we can live today. In the Old Testament days when you wanted to experience God, you had to go to a special place built for that purpose. Today because we are born again and have made Jesus Lord of our lives we can have fellowship with Him all the time. I am so encouraged by the way that David commences this Psalm, he tells God of the decision he has made about God, and He says that he cannot wait to be in God’s Holy Place. He wanted to be able to freely praise the Lord, this was not a fleeting thought but something he was longing to do. He was not going to allow the events of life to pressure him and keep him away from praising his God. This is something that we need to consider and decide to not allow the circumstances of life to stop us from continually praising our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Not only was David going to praise God, but he was also going to make a vow to his God, in Old Testament times vows were very important to people and when they vowed it was a life-long commitment to whatever they had vowed. David is saying that he is making a lifelong commitment to follow his God. This is something that we need to do continually to remind ourselves that being born again is a life-long changing commitment and we must do everything in our power to stop anything from coming between us and our Saviour.

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  1. Yes Ian , I made a decision to follow God and have never strayed, that’s not saying I didn’t disappoint God many times. I love to praise Him but don’t spend enough quiet times with him.

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