THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 3, No. 49 – Monday, 3rd December, 2018
THE EXEGESIS OF PSALM 65:11
Two theological schools of thought express variant opinions about the thematic message of Psalm chapter 65 verse 11. Whilst the one concludes that the verse under reference is of seasonal application, the other pulls in the polar direction.
This other polar direction rather contends that verse 11 of Psalm chapter 65 is dimentionally applicable to all times and to all situations. In order to proffer a balanced analysis of any verse of Scripture, it is always necessary to read and interpret in context the preceding verse or the immediate verses succeeding such verse in context.
So, for a start, a read through and an interpretative application of verse 11 and its succeeding verses is a non-negotiable priority.
These verses therefore read as follows:
’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’.
If anything, a careful reading of verse 11 indicates that this verse is both a conclusive, a stand-alone and an omnibus verse. Why? It is the main verse (like the main clause in grammatical syntax) in that it connects the subsequent verses (12 and 13) and relates directly with the two preceding two verses (that is verses 9 and 10).
There arises two questions of how and why in relation to the foregoing conclusion. To accord the how question its rightful answer, the opening clause of verse 11 is worth an attention.
It reads again: ‘thou crownest the year with thy goodness’…. Understand the context of this clause and in particular the interpretative applicational import of the word ‘goodness’ as was used in the verse.
Both the clause and the word ‘goodness’ can suggest no other meaning other than their connection with the rest of the verse and their intended application and relation with and to subsequent verses.
It means therefore that in one strict sense that verse 11 is saying that at the end of the year, all efforts, labour and hard work are rewarded by God. Why and how? God comes around, breathes his kindness and goodness upon the work of man, multiplies them and causes man to merry and greatly rejoice.
Further, the phrase: ‘and thy paths drop fatness’ will mean no other thing but that God’s intervention in man’s affairs brings increase to him. But the unsolved riddle remains that the contest of the two theological schools of thought still stand at variance.
In order to better capture the thematic message of the Psalmist in Psalm 65:11, justice will be seen to be manifestly done by giving primacy attention to the preceding verses just before verse 11.
In particular, verses 9 and 10 are in this respect most compulsory. These two verses therefore state as follows:
‘9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enriches it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou prepares 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 blesses the springing thereof’.
Just as the Almighty visits Adam in the Garden of Eden for the purpose of being worshipped and to inspect the labour of man and render necessary assistance to man, so also is the pictorial message being presented by verses 9 and 10 which are both precursory to verse 11.
A hardworking man receives divine assistance through physical strength, mental alertness and endowment as well as financial grace to accomplish his desired goals (Deut.8:16-18) by God and from God.
Then the Almighty blesses all that the strength and the mental exhaustion has produced. So, at the end of man’s spiritual agricultural labour, his season of reaping and bountiful harvest becomes an inevitable reality.
To this end therefore, I conclude that verse 11 applies dimensionally all round to every season. However still, the specific mention of ‘year’ under the first clause of verse 11 clearly suggest to me that the verse under-reference is seasonally directed.
Dearly beloved, forgive me for taking you round on an academic circus of Psalm 65:11. The truth is that whether verse 11 is dimensionally applicable all round or that it is strictly seasonal will not matter to our merciful God. What is important and matters greatly is that verse 11 is applicable to you and all of your many efforts so far this year.
What is further important and matters greatly is the information from the News Desk of Heaven’s Holy Ghost Channel is that the end of the year is always sumptuously surrounded and flourished by endless mercy.
This is the end of 2018. As such, now is the time to crown all of your labour with great success that must bring you those testimonies that will necessarily cause you to laugh so loud with all of your bright white sets of teeth glowing out so beautifully.
IN THE END THEREFORE, REJOICE! REJOICE! REJOICE! FOR IT IS YOUR SEASON TO DANCE AND LAUGH!
Question and Answer Section:
Question:What was the first sin to be referenced in the Bible and what is the last sin also referenced in the Bible?
Answer: The sin of lying (Gen.3:4, Rev.22:18-19.
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Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
HYMN: Showers Of Blessings
1. Sing aloud and praise in your best way and from a gladsome heart.
2. Ask for a special gift from the Lord in this season.
3. Every sorrow and tears left in 2018, my life, family and ministry/career are not your candidate.
4. O year 2019, become a year of mercy and solution to me.
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