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.
His paths DROP FATNESS.
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.
- 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!!
- 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.