Today’s Reading: PSALM 61-62; PSALM 64-67
Today’s Post’s Specific Reading: Psalm 65
If you have been following me lately you would know that at this very minute I am in Iceland (unless you are reading this after May 13th). My son, my brother and I made plans to meet up here and take a 4×4 LandRover around the whole island. I have wanted to come to Iceland ever since I was a budding geologist in 1980. Iceland is sitting right on top of the mid Atlantic rift. Its unique geological situation makes it a very interesting place of volcanoes, Geysers, mud pots, glaciers and mountains. If you have seen any news lately you know that the volcano Eyjafjallajökli has been a bit active lately. Click here for some great pictures. Or here for my pictures (more pending a good internet connection). I have been posting about it here https://plimtuna.wordpress.com/iceland-2010/
In today’s reading we run across Psalm 65:
For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.
1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
those who live in your holy courts.
What festivities await us
inside your holy Temple.
5 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.
6 You formed the mountains by your power
and armed yourself with mighty strength.
7 You quieted the raging oceans
with their pounding waves
and silenced the shouting of the nations.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
and the hillsides blossom with joy.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy!
When I read this Psalm, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful things we have seen here in Iceland. Here are some pictures from our trip: