The good, the bad, the highs, the lows all contributed to an overall blessed year for me. I thank God for that. If you have entered or are about to enter the New Year with your spiritual and mental state intact because of who you are in Christ Jesus, then that means the past year was most likely a blessed one for you as well. Even if we faced some challenges this past year, ultimately we know God can use those challenges to lay out a brighter future for us if we allow his Holy Spirit to make us better and not bitter.
That thought brings me to Psalm 65:11 to serve as a personal reminder to me as I anticipate another year:
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
It was an observation that David made when he took time to notice all that the Lord was doing or had done already. Taking stock of those things, he knew that Jehovah had honored and topped off his year with goodness–all kinds of innumerable benefits both spiritual and material. What the Lord had accomplished gave him the encouragement to look forward to what Jehovah had in store for his future, which is why he went on to acknowledge that the paths of the Lord drop fatness, a word referring to the multiple ways that the Lord brings us success when we remain determined to serve him.
In keeping with the spiritual truths David shared in this psalm, I pray that all of you will experience these “sure mercies of David.” May Jehovah through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ crown your New Year with his goodness even beyond the goodness he showed you in the previous year. May his path for you overflow with the fatness of his prosperity.
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