The Bible – Old Testament
1 For the leader. A psalm of David. A song.
2 To you we owe our hymn of praise, O God on Zion; To you our vows must be fulfilled,
3 you who hear our prayers. To you all flesh must come
with its burden of wicked deeds. We are overcome by our sins; only you can pardon them.
Happy the chosen ones you bring to dwell in your courts. May we be filled with the good things of your house, the blessings of your holy temple!
4 You answer us with awesome deeds of justice, O God our savior, The hope of all the ends of the earth and of far distant islands.
You are robed in power, you set up the mountains by your might.
You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
Distant peoples stand in awe of your marvels; east and west you make resound with joy.
5 6 You visit the earth and water it, make it abundantly fertile. God’s stream is filled with water; with it you supply the world with grain. Thus do you prepare the earth:
you drench plowed furrows, and level their ridges. With showers you keep the ground soft, blessing its young sprouts.
7 You adorn the year with your bounty; your paths drip with fruitful rain.
The untilled meadows also drip; the hills are robed with joy.
The pastures are clothed with flocks, the valleys blanketed with grain; they cheer and sing for joy.
1 [Psalm 65] The community, aware of its unworthiness (⇒ Psalm 65:3-4), gives thanks for divine bounty (⇒ Psalm 65:5), a bounty resulting from God’s creation victory (⇒ Psalm 65:6-9). At God’s touch the earth comes alive with vegetation and flocks (⇒ Psalm 65:10-13).
2  Vows: the Israelites were accustomed to promising sacrifices in the temple if their prayers were heard.
3  To you all flesh must come: all must have recourse to God’s mercy.
5 [9-13] Apparently a description of the agricultural year, beginning with the first fall rains that soften the hard sun-baked soil (⇒ Psalm 65:9-10).
6  God’s stream: the fertile waters of the earth derive from God’s fertile waters in the heavenly world.
7  Paths: probably the tracks of God’s storm chariot dropping rain upon earth.