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.
3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
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.
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.
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.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
Psalm 64 focuses on the human tendency toward unfair sharp-tongued attacks. Psalm 65 begins with a silence that becomes an experience of praise, prayer, forgiveness, and communion.
In Psalm 65, David describes a God who demonstrates His power in the mountains, seas, sky, and fields as He creates, controls, provides, and produces. David reminds us that God’s answers to our prayers are often in actions that speak louder than any words.
I am sometimes tempted to think that God is silent when I pray. The truth is that God constantly communicates to me through His activity in the natural world around me before, during, and after my prayers. If I pay attention to His creative power and His sustaining care in the world around me, how could I have any uncertainty regarding His ability to create new things in my life or His willingness to take care of me?
Help me take time to stop my work, look at the world around me, and listen to what creation tells me about my Creator.
Professor and Chair, Chemistry Department, Southern Adventist University, Tennessee USA (as of this writing)