And sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease.
- Psalm 107:37-38
Today we gather together to celebrate our Cultural Harvest. I want to thank God for everyone of usfrom the Provost to the men, women, boys and girls. Harvest is indeed an opportunity to look back again and thank God for all His faithfulness over us. Psalm 107 is a song of thanksgiving to God, who has been merciful to His people for the purpose of making the Lord's works known to humankind, so that they too can join in the praise of the Lord.
We have also come to give thanks to God in the context of our various cultures. We thank Him for where he decided to place us from creation. Indeed we have no say in the matter, we could not choose our Parents, family, or even where we were born but now we can actually give thanks to God for all the mercies received from our birth as He placed us all in the land that flows with milk and honey. Our ethnicity, background and way of life may be different but when we are united we shall move mountains.
Our text says that they planted vineyard and reaped fruitful harvest. The grace to plant vineyard is a privilege. Many could not find seed to sow, some others have seed but no good land to plant on while others though have seed and good land but they have no good health to carry out the planting. However, in this case there is the seed and the land. The Psalmist from verses 33-34 of Psalm 107 gives God the glory for His power which is unquestionable and the surprising changes it sometimes makes in the affairs of the children of men. He gives some instances of this power. Fruitful countries are made barren and barren countries are made' fruitful. Much of the comfort of this life depends upon the soil in which our lot is cast. In this situation, the Psalmist declared that they sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield
fruits of increase I mean continual increase and yearly too.
The scenario painted by the Psalmist shows that every increment is from the Lord. It is not the land or the seed neither is it by hard labour but by the blessings of the Almighty. Proverbs 10: 22 says "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." Whatever we have or are it is by the blessings of God. God's blessing is everything. It makes men happy by causing men to be multiplied upon the earth. The Lord blessed man in Genesis 1 : 28 and said "be fruitful and multiply", and here in this Psalm we see God restoring that blessing. As if that is not enough, the animals were also made to do well because God favours His people: they share with men in the goodness or severity of divine providence. Plagues and pests are warded off from the flock and the herd when the Lord blesses His people. We therefore need to show our appreciation to God and leave a life that will be pleasing to Him.
How do can we show this appreciation especially as we celebrate at this Cultural Harvest?
We must be united and bring the various blessings of our culture to praise Him. The power in Unity is something that God says could not be restricted Genesis 11.
We must bring our various talents, gifts, cultural activities like songs to praise Him.
We must trust God for bumper harvest after sowing the seed by giving to the Lord bountifully.
Ven. Niyi Agesin