We #Find #Joy and #Hope in #God who brings Us #Near

What mighty #praise, O God,
    #belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
    for you answer our #prayers.
    All of us must come to you.
Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
    you #forgive them all.
What #joy for those you choose to bring near,
    those who live in your #holy courts.
What festivities await us
    inside your holy Temple.
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
    O God our #savior.
You are the #hope of everyone on earth,
    even those who sail on distant seas.
You formed the mountains by your #power
    and armed yourself with mighty #strength.
You #quieted the raging oceans
    with their pounding waves
    and silenced the shouting of the nations.
Those who live at the ends of the earth
    stand in #awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
    you #inspire shouts of joy.
You take #care of the earth and water it,
    making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water;
    it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
    for you have ordered it so.
You drench the plowed ground with rain,
    melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
You soften the earth with showers
    and #bless its abundant crops.
You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
    even the hard pathways overflow with #abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
    and the hillsides blossom with joy.
The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
    and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
    They all shout and sing for joy!
Psalm 65 New Living Translation

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