As I was reading this week Psalm 65 really caught my attention. It paints a beautiful picture of why one should praise God. The Psalmist, in this case David gives many reasons why one should praise God, but I want to focus on three that stood out to me in this Psalm.
The first reason I want to bring to our attention is that God is the creator of all and Lord of all. We see this in verses 6-8, where God is described as “the one who by his strength established the mountains,” and “who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves.” Here we see not only God’s creative nature, by creating the mountains, but we see his strength, and through the stilling of the seas and waves, we see that God is Lord of all, having not only created everything, but that He has the power and authority over them as well. What an awesome God we serve!
The second reason we are given to praise God is that He is the Sustainer and Provider. We see this in verses 9-13, where David says, “You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it,” and “You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.” Not only do we see that God is the Creator and Lord over his creation, but that he sustains it and also through sustaining the land, he ultimately is providing for the people. What an awesome God we serve!
The third and final reason we are given to praise God comes earlier on in the Psalm, in verse 5. Here we see David refer to God as the “God of our salvation.” In this passage we see that God is the creator, that He is Lord of all, that He is powerful and mighty, that He sustains His creation, that He provides for His creation, and finally that He saves! In verse 3 we see David say that God atones for our transgressions, and we know this to be true based on what Jesus (God Incarnate) did on the cross. Jesus died on the cross to atone for our sins, and to grant us salvation, from death to life. Let us never forget to praise God, for He alone is worthy of our praise!