God as He Appears in Human History
Psalm 65:1-13
Praise waits for you, O God, in Sion: and to you shall the vow be performed.…


1. As a prayer-answering God (ver. 2). That this title belongs to Him as He appears in human life is —

(1)  Suggested by universal consciousness.

(2)  Proved by the universal experience of the good.

(3)  Declared by the mouth of God Himself. "Call upon Me," etc. "Ask, and ye shall receive," etc.

2. As a man-needed God. Sooner shall the Mississippi keep away from the ocean or the earth from circling round the sun, than your soul keep away from your Maker.

3. As a sin-removing God (ver. 8).

4. As a world-trusted God (ver. 5).

(1)  All men require some object to trust in. They must lean on something.

(2)  Their condition, whether happy or otherwise, depends on the object they trust. The great misery of man is, that he rests on the unworthy, the changeable, and the insecure.

(3)  The only safe object of trust is God.

II. God as He appears in human history, WORSHIPPED.

1. The kind of worship. "Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion." Are we to understand "waiteth," in the sense of silence? Then the essence of worship is silent — it is in the profoundest thoughts, the deepest feelings, the strongest aspirations, which are independent of language or sound. The deepest things of the soul are unutterable.

2. The blessedness of worship (ver. 4). The idea is, fellowship with God, going into His courts, dwelling in His temple.

(1) The fellowship is chosen. "Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest." What a distinction is thus put on man! No other creature in the world can hold fellowship with the Infinite.

(2) The fellowship is permanent. "Dwell in Thy house." Not a mere visitant for a terminable period. But a resident so long as existence endures.

(3) The fellowship is satisfying. "We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house." This is, and nothing else, the satisfaction of the soul. "In Thy presence is fulness of joy."


Parallel Verses
KJV: {To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.} Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

WEB: Praise waits for you, God, in Zion. To you shall vows be performed.

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