|Wagons bursting at the seams
“You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.”
Psalm 65:11 ESV
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
I. A wagon dripping with fruitful weight
A. The psalmist describes a year of abundant rain. (verse 9)
B. The soil is soft and blackened with moisture. (verse 10)
C. The grain, grapes, and flocks cover the hillside like a cloak. (verse 11-12)
D. Every stalk of corn is in full ear, the grape vines are heavy and weighted down with fruit, the sheep are fat with coats thick and white. God has crowned the year with fatness.
E. Here comes the farmer harvesting God’s goodness on the back of his wagon. (verse 11)
F. The wagon is so overloaded with corn, grapes, wool, and lamb chops that the abundance overflows into the freshly moist furrows.
G. This Psalm praises God for his manifold blessings in nature. He is first savior of sinners. (1-4) He is the ruler of all nations. (5-8) He is the abundant provider of all we need. (9-13)
II. Deep wagon furrows
“And they told him, ‘Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.’ and his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. but when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.” (Genesis 45:26,27 ESV)
A. God sent wagons from Egypt to carry Jacob and his family to a new life.
B. Jacob was on a wagon bursting at the seams. It was big enough to contain all that mattered in his life. The wagon carrying Jacob’s person was so heavy with him that the wagon wheels left deep tracks.
C. When you are yourself, you leave deep tracks behind you.
D. Your wagon may move slowly and deliberately / You may be laying train tracks for others. / You may be defusing bombs in a minefield. / You may be breaking ice for other ships coming behind you.
E. Jacob’s wagons were sent by the Sovereign. They were made and directed without any effort on Jacob’s part. They were wagons of effortless grace. You are leaving wagon tracks behind you. How deep they are, how long they are, and where they lead is entirely up to you.
F. Psalm 65:11 promises that God will fill in the wagon tracks behind you to such a degree that others can’t always see the tracks themselves. They rather fall into them.
G. God will fill your wagon tracks with oil, water, fire, the blood of Christ, jewels, and giftings so profound that they become your legacy.
H. Your enemies will fall into them as well.
III. The wagons’ story / a suspicious story
A. Everything about Jacob’s story is religiously suspicious. Should he receive wagons from the pagan Pharaoh of Egypt? Should he dare go down to Egypt, a place of idolatry and excess? Is he dressed appropriately for a personal encounter with Pharaoh? Should he expose himself and his family to all that Egypt represents politically, religiously, and philosophically.
B. This year God is taking all of us on new adventures so unique that we will be challenged with similar questions. So it is with you.
C. Jacob could only look forward to his destination. Looking to the right or the left or behind would have hindered the work of God.
E. Jacob sat in absolute rest and peace as the wagons covered hundreds of mile without any effort of his own. Proverbs 10:22 points out that what comes from the love of God has the Grace of God as its companion. That blessing is never due to chance, luck, industry, or labor.