Read Psalm 65
65 O God, it is right for us to praise you in Zion
and keep our promises to you,
2because you answer prayers.
People everywhere will come to you
3on account of their sins.
Our faults defeat us,j
but you forgive them.
4Happy are those whom you choose,
whom you bring to live in your sanctuary.
We shall be satisfied with the good things of your house,
the blessings of your sacred Temple.
5You answer us by giving us victory
and you do wonderful things to save us.
People all over the world
and across the distant seas trust in you.
6You set the mountains in place by your strength,
showing your mighty power.
7You calm the roar of the seas
and the noise of the waves;
you calm the uproar of the peoples.
8The whole world stands in awe
of the great things that you have done.
Your deeds bring shouts of joy
from one end of the earth to the other.
9You show your care for the land by sending rain;
you make it rich and fertile.
You fill the streams with water;
you provide the earth with crops.
This is how you do it:
10you send abundant rain on the ploughed fields
and soak them with water;
you soften the soil with showers
and cause the young plants to grow.
11What a rich harvest your goodness provides!
Wherever you go there is plenty.
12The pastures are filled with flocks;
the hillsides are full of joy.
13The fields are covered with sheep;
the valleys are full of wheat.
Everything shouts and sings for joy.
In Matthew 6:25-26 Jesus uses the abundance of beauty and life in nature to remind people not to worry. God is in control. Psalm 65:7 reminds us that it is God and God alone who brings peace and justice.
"You calm the roar of the seas and the noise of the waves; you calm the uproar of the peoples." - Psalm 65:7
Lift up your distress and the distress of the world in which we live to God. Think how God can calm the sea - invite God to bring peace.
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