Thou Crownest the Year! – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Thou Crownest the Year!

Psalms 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

Intro: There are several words in this verse that I want to examine before we look at the chapter.

CROWN: Surround; compass

The word “corona” comes from the word “crown” in Latin.

The ancient Greeks had a word – κορώνη (korōnè), meaning “garland” or “wreath,

Satan wanted to crown the year with virus and death and pandemics.

But God crowned the year with His goodness!!

DROP: trickle, drip

Same word in the Hebrew: DISTIL

  • Job 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.

FATNESS: of fertility; of blessing

There’s nothing sterile about what God is associated with.


God is alive, and His paths are alive.

They are not just alive – they are not just fertile and dropping with fatness, but they are INVINCIBLE!!

God is invincible.

  • Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:

His Word is invincible.

               Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

His Church is invincible.

  • Matthew 16:18 …I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Notice our text.

The Psalmist David is writing a song.

He’s making a list of the ways that God’s goodness has crowned the year.

The same things that God’s goodness crowned the year David wrote this has also crowned this year.

Hebrews 6

  • 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
  • 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
  • 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

As I read this chapter today – the last day of 2021, I realized that this list is still relevant.

Let’s look at this list.

I. Prayers to God are Still Ascending – vs. 1, 2

  • 1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
  • 2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

II. Purgings of God are Still Absolving – vs. 3

  • 3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

III. Presence of God is Still Appealing – vs. 4

  • 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.

IV. Power of God is Still Answering – vs. 5-8

  • 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:
  • 6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
  • 7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
  • 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.

V. Provisions of God are Still Abounding – vs. 9-12

  • 9 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.
  • 10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
  • 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
  • 12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

Conclusion: What was the results of God’s goodness crowing the year?

  • Praise waiteth for thee – vs. 1
  • The little hills rejoice on every side – vs. 12
  • The valleys shout for joy and they also sing – vs. 13

I don’t want the hills and the valleys out-shouting and out-singing me!!

Luke 19

  • 37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
  • 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
  • 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
  • 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.