Today’s passage: Psalm 65
Today’s chocolate: Green & Black’s Organic 85% Dark Chocolate
Psalm 65 is a song of praise; it praises God first for his blessings toward humankind, especially in the Jewish temple, then for his power in shaping physical geography in mountains and seas, and finally for providing food and prosperity through the harvest season. There’s your overview of the psalm, but today I’m struggling to come up with something to say about it. I’ve been rereading it off and on all morning and into the afternoon as I do my things, and the whole thing is just turning into a bunch of words from overexposure. It’s like, God establishes the mountains by His strength, being girded with might (6). What more is there to say about that?
Except for one little sentence. David writes, “As for our transgressions, You forgive them” (3). That one sticks with me today. We don’t measure up to God’s perfection; you can’t even go through the whole ten commandments without finding a point on which you’ve failed, let alone everything else that God’s told us is good to do. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5)? Who even manages a tenth of that? But God covers over our transgressions. We overstep the boundaries, we go in the wrong direction. God forgives us.
Have a forgiven Monday, fam.