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By Rev. Dr. Israel Kristilere
19 December 2021   |   4:00 am
December, though the last month of the year, can be the best month for those who can believe God and His Word for it. Why am I so confident about this? It is because the Lord has promised to crown the year with His goodness.

Israel Kristilere<br />

Text: Psalm 65:9-11

Introduction

December, though the last month of the year, can be the best month for those who can believe God and His Word for it. Why am I so confident about this? It is because the Lord has promised to crown the year with His goodness. Therefore, as this year is ending, you can expect Divine Goodness to crown the year for you. There are many things our God can do and many wonders to perform. In Psalm 65:9-10, the Bible says God visits the earth and water it. He also enriches the earth, provides grain, settles the furrows and blesses its growth. But in verse 11, a new dimension was brought into divine activities. God crowns the year with His goodness. May this be our experience in the remaining days of this month. Amen. It is our month of Crowning Goodness. Amen. 

Crowning Goodness: What Is It?
A full and plentiful harvest is the crown of the year and this springs from the unmerited goodness of God. This speaks of a most elegant expression that will make you describe this year, the year of His goodness. The Hebrew is literally rendered, “the year of thy goodness,” meaning a year remarkable for the manifestation of kindness or a year of abundant productions. But our passage speaks of God crowning or adorning the year with His goodness; or that the harvest as it were a crown set on the head of the year. Let us look at what a crown does.

A crown signifies three things and each will be of use to us:

• It dignifies and adorns.

• It surrounds and encloses. 

• It finishes and completes.

Accordingly, this year has been dignified and surrounded. It will finish with the blessings of God’s goodness. Get ready, for this is your best month. God will crown the year for you with His own goodness. Amen. 

Crowning Goodness: Our Right Response
If God is crowning the year with His goodness for us, what should be our right response to this promised blessing? 

• Lively Gratitude. Surely, a world so full of God’s goodness requires us to voice out His praise.

• Restful Confidence. While men may alter their intentions or be defeated in their purposes, the promises of God never fail. After we have done our part, we can repose our faith in the unfailing love of God and stand upon His promises. God’s promises cannot break because we are standing on them. May we receive grace to trust God more! 

• Enlarged Benevolence. The world’s harvests are for the world’s inhabitants. Let us do our best to share with other men imitating the Divine example. Let God’s goodness to us engage and increase our goodness to one another. As the year is ending, you may need to crown your giving or assistance to God’s work and to others. When you receive freely the goodness of God, you are also required to share freely.

Conclusion
According to our text, God does not only crown the year with His goodness, His paths drip abundance/drop fatness (KJV). This speaks of fertility. The word rendered “drop,” means to properly distil; to let something fall gently, as the rain or the dew falls to the earth. And the idea is that wherever God goes marching through the earth, fertility, beauty, abundance seems to drip, distil or fall gently along His path. Our focus, therefore, should be on the need to follow God’s path. As we follow His paths, the abundance/fatness of His paths shall be our portion. I see God crowning the year for you with His goodness.

Amen. 

Shepherdhill Baptist Church (Sanctuary of Grace & Glory), Baptist Academy Compound, Obanikoro, Lagos.