With Shouts of Joy


You visit the earth and water it;

You greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

You provide their grain,

for so You have prepared it.

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

Psalm 65:9-10

God sends His rain to the earth…this place we call home now.  Earth.  He sends rain by His will, by the ways He so pleases.  We may experience drought or flooding for these are part of living on this earth.

Our spiritual lives sometimes suffer drought or flooding as well.  Too much input, busyness can leave us with little room for God.  Too little time spent with God can cause thirst for Him.  Sometimes we do not even know what we are thirsty for, yet we know that we are.  “Our hearts are dry and barren unless God Himself be as the dew to us and water us; and the plants of His own planting He will water and make them to increase.”  Matthew Henry

I recall searching hard and long for something that I was missing, yet I did not know what that was.  Years later, through many trials, through many seasons of drought and floods, I found Jesus.  Jesus was Who I needed.  I needed to know Him personally.  He would give me Living Water and I would no longer be thirsty.  The fruit of the Spirit could grow in me and then be harvested from me, from my field of new plantings.  This field becomes rich in nutrients and water from the One Who is the Living Waters.  I grow and pray I will continue to grow.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  James 1:17

“…; we must lift up our eyes above the hills, lift them up to the heavens, where the original springs of all blessings are, out of sight, and thither must our praises return, as the first-fruits of the earth were in the heave-offerings lifted up towards heaven by way of acknowledgment that thence they were derived.  All God’s blessings, even spiritual ones, are expressed by His raining righteousness upon us.”  Matthew Henry


You crown the year with Your bounty;

Your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

Psalm 65:11-13

Everything in His world rejoices over the bounty of His harvest…the pastures, the hills, the meadows, the valleys.  There is abundance in all He is and does.  He rains down upon this earth.  He sends His Love to us in His Son.  He grants mercy upon these souls and bodies from on high.  He whispers grace through His wind, through His Holy Spirit.

He crowns all He is and does, encompassing on every side, as a crown surrounds a head; as when something is completed, it is crowned.  The fruitfulness of His world is in His hands, in His power. 

How grateful I am, LORD.  May You adorn Your world with the riches of harvest, both in fruit of the tree and the fruit of salvation.  I shout my praises and honor to You, oh God.  I am so very heartbroken in the broken and breaking shape of this world, of this nation.  I know this is Your world and You know each and every one of Your creations.  I may feel saddened by so much right now, yet I truly can rejoice in the love, the tender care, the peace, the hope I find in You.  I look up to where my bounty and blessings come from.  Hallelujah!

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?

My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

Let all these common gifts of the divine bounty, which we yearly and daily partake of, increase our love to God as the best of beings, and engage us to glorify Him with our bodies, which He thus provides so well for.  Matthew Henry

Father, I am humbled by the beauty of Your Word, by the bounty of Your fields, by the benevolence of Your mercy, by the balance in all that surrounds.  Father, in this season of giving thanks, I am reminded that offering my thanks daily is my desire and hope.  I lift up my hands in praise to You, the Giver of my soul.  You are my All, LORD.  I love You and sing with joy as I ponder the sun rising, beginning each day anew, or watch the sun set, leaving the brilliance of pinks and oranges across the sky.  You are Magnificent, Father.  I see You all around me.  Praising You and praying in the Name of the Bright Morning Star.  Amen. 

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26 thoughts on “With Shouts of Joy

  1. Linda,

    I love how you weave His Word into the ways He is leading you to learn more of His love, to feel more of His love… and the way you bring us along. I always find grace here. Thanks for sharing this at #GraceMoments Link up last week.
    Bless you!


  2. This is lovely, Linda. The Psalms are such comfort to my heart, especially now -and I was recently going through a drought period, though crying out to Him and trying to praise Him regardless. I don’t know why we sometimes feel His presence more at times and others don’t but I do know I am thankful I have the truth rooted enough now to keep the faith rather than give up. He is so good even when we can’t seem to focus on that goodness. I am thankful He is ever patient and pursuing us!


  3. Linda, this is so encouraging. I’m thankful for the beauty God gives to us. He truly is magnificent! Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.


  4. Linda, I love the deeply Scriptural, spiritual refreshment you offer here. It truly is an oasis for thirsty souls! Your own beautiful prayers are woven in so seamlessly, making for a contemporary take on life’s brokenness and pain, and our great need for a Saviour. These words especially spoke to me: ” I may feel saddened by so much right now, yet I truly can rejoice in the love, the tender care, the peace, the hope I find in You. I look up to where my bounty and blessings come from. Hallelujah!” Yes and Amen! There is so much to grieve over in the world and so much more to rejoice over in our God. Bless you, friend. xo


  5. Beautiful! I love the idea of the crown. Encouraging post and I enjoyed it!

    I love your blog title also Linda! What a exciting thought to be gingerly handcrafted more like Jesus. The love He uses to mold and refine us is so evident, yet many times we want to fight it. It’s all good though, isn’t it? He knows what we need and what will fulfill us.


  6. Linda, This was such a beautiful, beautiful post! I loved the Bible version you used for those particular verses, and I love how you expanded on those verses in an equally poetic way.

    God has truly gifted you with a tender spirit for the Lord and with a beautiful manner of writing.

    Thanks for sharing this very edifying post.


  7. What divine words, so thirst quenching! What praise and soul filling words, always filled by your posts, so rich and faithful, reminding me of the glory of God who drenches us with His love and greatness! I, too, thirsted for something I couldn’t name, until Jesus came into my life! I was also so blessed by the many chuckles I got from your comment on my blog today..your beautiful Italian Irish mama! My Italian grandma was a real piece of workmanship of God, filled with zest!! I’ve always got to keep my Italian-Irish in check!!! Blessings!!


  8. Beautiful, beautiful, Linda. Such power in those truth-filled words. This touched my heart: “He whispers grace through His wind, through His Holy Spirit.” Amen. Love your prayer, as well. Thank you, Linda!


  9. Thank you for these words of praise you shared so beautifully!! I truly desire to be humbled by all that God has blessed me with – not only in this season, but on every day of the year. I’m thankful that our hope is in Him, and that He is faithful to not only provide, but to bless us above “all that we could ask or think.”


  10. Hallelujah Linda! I am shouting with joy reading your post. This post is rich with inspiring scriptures from God’s word. I especially love the ones in James 1 and Psalm 121. I am glad I can always look up and see my Savior. How abundant is His love and how marvelous is His grace. I thank Him for watching over me at all times. Have a fantastic weekend my friend. Blessings to you and yours.

    P.S. Congrats to your Cubbies;)


    • Fine words back to me, Horace. Thanks for sharing what God places on your heart. And thanks for the congrats on the Cubs! Mama taught me to love her Cubbies!! They truly were hers (in her heart and mind!!) for 98+ years!


  11. Oh thank you for these beautiful words today: “Everything in His world rejoices over the bounty of His harvest…the pastures, the hills, the meadows, the valleys. There is abundance in all He is and does.” It is so easy to focus on this autumn season as a time of shutting down, preparing for winter and dormancy. But it’s also too easy to forget that He has given the Harvest to provide HIS ABUNDANCE to last through the winter and cold times. I needed to hear these thoughts today! –Blessings to you!


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