Psalm 65: Praise for God’s Gifts

Why might people break a promise they have made to God?

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Deuteronomy 23:23 Always keep your promises. Never fail to meet a commitment. If you’ve promised God something out of your own free will, be sure you do what you say you will do.
Psalm 65:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Songs of praise await you, O God of Jerusalem. We will do what we have promised to you.
Matthew 5:33–35 “For ages, you have heard it said, ‘Do not swear falsely, but keep the vows you make to God.’ I say you should not swear at all, not by Heaven, because it is God’s throne, not by Earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.
James 5:12 Above all, my friends, don’t swear by Heaven above or Earth below, as if by swearing you’re telling the truth when you weren’t at other times. You can avoid condemnation by being entirely truthful in all you say, your yes meaning yes, your no meaning no.
King James
Deuteronomy 23:23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
Psalm 65:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.> Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
Matthew 5:33–35 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

What governs the necessity and frequency of our prayers?

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Psalm 65:2 Everyone will come to the one they believe will hear their prayers.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 Let your confidence in God be a source of constant joy in every situation. Pray continually, always mindful of God’s presence. No matter what the circumstances are, be thankful, because this is the attitude God wants you to have in Jesus Christ.
King James
Psalm 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

How can we know for certain that we have been forgiven?

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Psalm 65:3 With hearts heavy with guilt, we come knowing you will forgive our transgressions.
King James
Psalm 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

How can we anticipate the goodness and wonder of living in God’s presence?

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Psalm 65:4 We are blessed by your invitation to enter your house and live in your presence, for we will be satisfied with the goodness and wonder of your habitation.
King James
Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

What is so awesome about God answering our prayers with “no” or “later”?

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Psalm 65:5 Your answers to our prayers are awesome, O God our deliverer. You are the hope of everyone on land and sea.
King James
Psalm 65:5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

How can we prove that God created the mountains?

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Psalm 65:6 By your mighty power the mountains were created and set in place.
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Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Are what we call “acts of God” really God’s hand at work? Why?

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Psalm 65:7 You calm the roaring seas, the waves crashing upon the rocks, and the turmoil churning among the people.
King James
Psalm 65:7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

How do people miss seeing the signs of God’s majesty and power?

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Psalm 65:8 People in the most distant places are awed by the signs of your majesty and power. From sunrise to sunset, the land rejoices in you.
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Psalm 65:8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

What is the difference between God sending the showers that cause the crops to grow and bringing the floods that wash the crops away?

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Psalm 65:9–11 You care for the earth, enriching the soil and causing the rain. By your command, your rivers are filled and people are fed. You send showers upon the plowed land and cause the crops to grow. Your goodness crowns each year because your walk with us brings an abundant harvest.
King James
Psalm 65:9–11 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

How does being fruitful glorify God?

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Psalm 65:12–13 The open grasslands flourish, and the surrounding hills rejoice. Sheep and goats cover the meadows, and the valleys yield an abundance of grain. They shout and sing your praise.
John 15:8 When you bear much fruit, you glorify my Father and show that you are my disciples.
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Psalm 65:12–13 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.