Study Guide – Psalm 65:9-13



9 You take care of the earth and water it,
    making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water;
    it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
    for you have ordered it so.
10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,
    melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
You soften the earth with showers
    and bless its abundant crops.
11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
    even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
    and the hillsides blossom with joy.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
    and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
    They all shout and sing for joy! NLT


Read verses 9-13 of Psalm 65. The writer of this psalm takes a moment to notice the significance of some regular day occurences. What sorts of things does the writer mention?


Why might it be important to pause long enough to recognize God's hand in the mundane events of the world?


After some poetic descriptions, this psalm ends with the idea that the features of the landscape "shout and sing for joy". How could this be— and what difference could that make in our life today?


::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

"The river of God" is most likely referring to the Jordan River between Israel and Jordan today. If you can, take some time to study the importance of the Jordan River to the people of Isreal throughout the Old and New Testaments. Why is this river so significant?

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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