You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing. Psalm 65:10-13 NIV
Sometimes we get to this point in the year and think well, this has been rotten, what’s up with that?
Girl, I have been there. This has been a tough year for me to. But as of late, God challenged my thinking. Some parts of this year have been incredibly difficult, but other parts have been amazing. The truth is, I could not walk in the blessings He has given me unless I first experienced the realities of hardship. The hardship I faced laid the groundwork for growth. And the growth is overflowing, abounding, amazing, and totally worth it.
I want to share some truth with you from Psalm 65. Truth God is teaching me about how to walk in His favor and blessing, even when hardship comes and we feel empty, abandoned, and dried out. Truth that will help you survive reality.
Truth # 1 – God levels us out and blesses our blessing – “You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.” Psalm 65:10
I can’t tell you how many times I am walking through hardship and rob myself of a blessing because I feel not good enough. We do that don’t we? When we are going through tough times we decide we are unusable. As if this difficult circumstance has suddenly captured our capability to be a blessing. God calls us to step out in faith and because of fear we hold back, procrastinate, and at times even refuse to act.
Psalm 65:10 tells us God drenches the furrows and levels the ridges. In the places we are low, He waters us. Our high places are leveled out. He forms us into an even, solid, functional field. Then He blesses. Just because you are experiencing hardship doesn’t mean you can’t walk in the fullness of His promises. He has made you a blessing and He levels our life in such a way that no matter what is going on – if we seek Him and do His will – even when we are afraid – there will be a harvest.
Truth # 2 – He puts a crown of bounty on our heads and fills our push cart with abundance – “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11
This is the year of the Lord’s favor on your life. Next year will be the year of the Lord’s favor on your life, and the next, and the next, and the next, and so on. Why? Because God pours out His favor in different ways at different times, but He never stops. He crowns each and every year in bounty. He gives us a push cart filled with fruits of the Spirit and He doesn’t do a shoddy job filling it up. He fills to overflowing abundance.
You have the Lord’s favor on your head. You are filled with the abundance of the Holy Spirit. You walk on a level field fully prepared with everything you need.
Truth #3 – He makes the desert so sweet – “The grasslands of the desert overflow” Psalm 65:12a
My elementary school teacher taught me a lesson I will never forget. You spell desert with one s and dessert with two s’s. How do you remember that? Because 2 s’s stand for so sweet! God can do amazing things with the deserts in our life. He can insert another s and turn our desert places into desserts – they are so sweet.
Often when we hit a desert we wonder where we went wrong, as if we made an incorrect turn and need to do a course correction. But here’s the thing – sometimes God leads us into the desert on purpose. He leads us there to help us hone our skills and increase our dependence on Him. Just because you are walking through the desert doesn’t mean the Lord has taken His hand of favor off of you. You are still filled with abundance and blessing, He is just giving you an opportunity to use it. In these places you will discover how faithful He is to provide.
Truth #4 – He clothes your hills in gladness – “the hills are clothed with gladness.” Psalm 65:12b
Have you ever left the desert only to find yourself facing gigantic hills? Already exhausted only to face a mountain? What now Lord? Can you make my life any worse? These are the things we usually think and ask. But I want to challenge you. When you leave a desert to face a hill, imagine it clothed in gladness. It’s like a big hill with a gigantic oversized Christian t-shirt on – the word gladness plastered all over it.
Truth is, the hills in our lives are often just ways God stretches our legs. He’s giving us a great workout. Again, we have everything we need in our cart of abundance. We can climb these hills, climb them successfully, and with gladness. We have the option to climb them grumbling, or even grovel at the bottom and complain, but if we want – we can experience gladness and hop over the hills still overflowing with bounty.
So there you have it, four truths that help us walk in His blessing. You say this year has been a tough one? So far, it seems God hasn’t given you much to work with? I challenge you today to alter you thinking. Not because life has been fair to you, because reality is, life may have been very very unfair to you. I am not asking you to invalidate the fullness of your pain. It’s the real deal. What I am saying is that sitting in pain rarely does us any favors. Neither does ignoring it. So we must choose to acknowledge this rough year for what it is – accept it – and then decide to get off of our bums – realize the blessings God can and is offering us – and walk in the fullness of it.
This year is what it is…and it’s not a bummer year – it’s the year of His favor and blessings. If we don’t like the place we are going with it, maybe it’s time to alter our course. If we can’t physically, we certainly can mentally. Maybe it’s time to rediscover where we are going.