Psalm 65 - God's Providence and World Order




[New International Version] Psalm 65 belongs to Book II of the Book of Psalms. This is an act of thanks to the goodness and government of God who does and commands everything for the benefit of his people.

The PS 65 belong to Book II of the book of PS composed of a collection of texts 150 poetry books organized by five. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom and basic principles of human action , is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book II comprises the PS 42 the 72 . The PS 65 is divided into 14 verses.

The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience . They portray the common man , with his faults, insecurities, fears and hopes and, even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for some blessing received.

“There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel”; “The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord.” - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan

Psalm 65 - God’s Providence and World Order

1  To the director. Psalm of David.
Song.

2  To thee, O God, praise is due in Zion,
and in thy honor the promises are fulfilled.

3  Because You listen to supplications,
all beings come to You
because of their faults.

4  Our crimes are stronger than we are,
but You forgive us.

5  Happy is the one You choose and draw
to live in your courts.

We will be satisfied with the beauty of your house,
with the sanctity of your temple.

6  You answer us with wonders of righteousness,
O God our savior.

You are the hope of the ends of the earth
and the most distant seas.

7  You are the one who steadies the mountains,
with his might and clothed with strength.

8  You still the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of its waves, and the tumult of the peoples.

9  The inhabitants of the ends tremble at your signs;
You fill the doors of the east and the west with joy.

10 You took  care of the land, watering it deeply
and filling it with great riches.

Like a mighty river overflowing with water,
You prepare their wheat; this is how you prepare the land.

11  Water its furrows and smooth the vines;
with the rain you soften the soil and bless its germination.

12 You  crowned the year with your benefits
and your car’s wheels flow in abundance.

13  The desert pastures run down,
and the hills are girded with joy.

14  The fields are covered with flocks,
and the valleys are covered with wheat.
Everyone shouts for joy and sings hymns.

Meaning and interpretation

The Psalm 65 is a collective prayer of thanksgiving . Everything comes from God and is related to his grace and mercy . The fertility of the land and the herds, the crops that feed the peoples, the justice that commands the relations between men.

This Psalm proclaims that universe government and soil fertility are associated with God’s presence in his sanctuary in Jerusalem.

The Book of Psalms

The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God

The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the common man , with his failures, insecurities, fears and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received.

The Psalms, despite being written in Antiquity, still move , sensitize , awaken feelings , inspire and enchant . In them, we can identify anguish and joy , deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom and prophetic words.

Written for different situations , some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author’s personal relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life, others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.

The Book of Psalms is composed of a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God . The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation , supplication , praise and gratitude .

The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine

The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine and prayer is the power of the word . Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word or image addressed to God is called prayer . It is through it that we come into contact with our God within and, therefore, it is so powerful in transforming life . Prayer can produce miracles , turn dreams into reality, give us hope for change , harmony and peace with ourselves and the world.

Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God . For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.

The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for the purpose of spiritual self-protection, family protection and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves. From this peace , well-being, hope and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.

The faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination . The Psalms will guide you on a path of peace and communion with the higher energy .