Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.
He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,
a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;
they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.
Food for Thought:
In this Psalm, the Psalmist talks about how the people cry to the Lord and he delivered them from their distress. It is an interesting concept to think about. When things are going well in our lives, we all too often forget about God. Then when something bad happens— we lose a job, we are diagnosed with something horrible like cancer, we fail miserably at something—we cry out to God. I don’t know how many times in my ministry I have heard someone say that they cried out to God and God wasn’t listening because God didn’t respond in the way that person imagined. We have all made statements like this. But what I think this does is make God into the image of a divine bellhop. We ask for something and expect it to be delivered up on a silver platter. I think this sells God short. Nowhere in the Bible is there a promise of an easy life just like we ordered. And I don’t know about you, but the easy life doesn’t exist for anyone. Life is hard. Life is not perfect. Life is going to let you down. But in the midst of all of that, I have the promise that God is right there beside me holding my hand, stroking my hair when the tears won’t stop, and whispering in my ear that even though things do not turn out as I want, God will never leave or forsake me. This is what I can hang my hat on, and I think this is at the heart of what the Psalmist is getting at in this passage.
Your steadfast love endures from age to age, O living God, for in Christ you tenderly care for your people. Instruct us in your way of humble service, that we may imitate the saving deeds of him who humbled himself to our salvation and is now exalted with you in splendor for ever and ever. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.