The Power of our Praise
Psalm 65:1-13 (NIV)
“1. Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. 2. You who answer prayer, to You all people will come. 3. When we are overwhelmed by sins, You forgive our transgressions. 4. 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. 5. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Saviour, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, 6. Who formed the mountains by Your power, having armed Yourself with strength, 7. Who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of the waves, and the turmoil of the nations.
8. The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders; where morning dawn’s, where evening fades, You call forth songs of joy. 9. 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.
10. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
12. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.
13. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
This Psalm encourages us to give God glory and praise for His goodness and mercy. The Psalmist begins with praise to God in Zion. What a difference our prayer makes when offered in praise. Yes, He hears our prayer, pardons our sins and supplies our needs according to His promises but we activate His presence by our worship and praise.
We are indeed indebted to God for His blessings. We ask Him daily to pour His grace and favour on our lives but what do we give Him in return? Do we thank Him for answering our prayers?
David exemplifies how we should approach God, “Praise waits for thee” God is ready to grant our petitions and He is able to do for us more than we are able to ask or think. He is ready to answer every prayer of faith. For this reason we readily run to Him when we are in distress.
Those who find time to commune with God find happiness and satisfaction in His presence. How can this be accomplished? We should approach Him with great affection, expressing our love and adoration for Him. Then we must constantly abide in His presence.
Written by G. Flynn-White