May 16, 2022 – Psalm 65 – Not Overwhelmed

Today we’ll be reading from Psalm 65.  We’ll look specifically at verses 1-4:

1 Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion,
and to you shall vows be performed,
2 O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.
3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.
4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple.

Today’s Psalm is a beautiful one, but aren’t they all?  They just speak the language of the heart.  They are sometimes raw, sometimes full of pain, sometimes full of hurt.  They are just honest.  I think that’s the reason I love them so much, their honesty.

Today, I love this long, “when deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.” 

What a beautiful concept. When we feel most overwhelmed and overcome by our mistakes, our failings, the stuff we’ve done wrong, when we are just undone by things we have done wrong, that is when we need to understand that we are forgiven.

One of the constant refrains of the Psalms is the people have messed up, gotten it wrong, and have failed.  It happens over and over again in the Psalms. Think of Friday and Psalm 51. Forgive me. Sometimes the regret of past mistakes is so much that we don’t feel like we can move or know forgiveness. 

Think today of this Psalm. When you are overwhelmed, you are forgiven. The waves will not overcome you, and the fire will not consume you.  Your mistakes are great, sure. God’s grace is greater still.  You will not be overwhelmed by sin.  You will be forgiven.  You will be restored.  You will know His grace.  He is greater than all.  You will not be overwhelmed.  Even when you feel like.  You will be forgiven. 

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