Eighteenth Day of Lent

Psalm 65

“We are filled with the good things of your house.”

To be filled with the good things of God is a powerful image. Throughout this psalm, David again and again refers to the ways in which he and the people of God experience God’s abundance.

“You care for the land and enrich it abundantly” v. 9

“Streams of God filled with water to provide the people with grain” v. 9

“You crown the year with your bounty” v. 11

“Your carts overflow with abundance” v. 11

“The grasslands of the wilderness overflow” v. 12

I am so struck by this notion of being filled by the good things of God. Out of God’s abundance we are filled to overflowing with things that sustain and delight us.

Then I think, is that actually true?

Not that God’s good things are inaccessible but, rather, is that ACTUALLY what fills me? Or, truthfully, am I filled with other things? What if instead of the good things of God, I am seeking to be filled by a fleeting sense of affirmation and achievement, the novelties of entertainment and social media, ensuring I am perceived to be standing on the right side of every argument or issue, or any of the myriad other things which promise me a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction? What if instead of being filled to overflowing with the good things of God, I’ve become content to stave off anxiety, loneliness, and boredom through distraction or amusement?

It strikes me that when I opt to ‘fill’ myself with these other things I miss out on the abundant life God intends. Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). There it is again, this notion of abundance that describes the experience of life lived ‘in God’s house.’ This abundance is definitively not about affluence, but about learning to experience contentment and satisfaction in the reality that I have been drawn into the house of the Father through the Son.

Psalm 65 opens with an invitation to re-align our lives toward that kind of contented satisfaction; modeling confession, but promising us the experience of God’s forgiveness as God draws us deeper into real abundant life.

Adam Gustine
Covenant Offices