Thursday January 3 2019

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Scripture: Psalm 107

Key verses: (1-2; 4-8; 12-15; 17-21; 26-28; 30-31; 43)

1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2   Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
those he redeemed from trouble

4   Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
5   hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
6   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
7   he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.
8   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.

12  Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor;
they fell down, with no one to help.
13  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;
14  he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
and broke their bonds asunder.
15  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.

17  Some were sick through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
18  they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
19  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;
20  he sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from destruction.
21  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.

26  They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their calamity;
27  they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
and were at their wits’ end.
28  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out from their distress;

30  Then they were glad because they had quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.

43  Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
and consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

Reflection: Scripture is a “living word that is not exhausted in an ancient situation nor does it require repetition of history to become valid again, but runs freely, challenging a new generation of believers to see a fresh correspondence between word and experience,” writes Leslie C. Allen in Psalms. Psalm 107 is a living, breathing text that challenges people both long ago and in the here and now.

We cry out to God through prayer in distress, and darkness and gloom, and anytime we need help. The refrain, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,” appears four times (vs. 6, 13, 19, and 28). We pray continuously in times of distress and darkness and gloom, as the Psalter did. Similarly, God responds with God’s steadfast love today as in the Psalters life. The refrain “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,” appears in response to each cry to the Lord (vs. 8, 15, 21, and 31). We pray to the Lord for help, and God responds with steadfast love. We are to thank God for this love.

The Psalter begins and ends with God’s steadfast love as a reminder of God’s everlasting love. Let us now give gratitude to God.

Prayer: Dear God, as we come to you in times of trouble, we thank you for your steadfast love, that existed with the Psalter and with us today. We ask you to continue this love in any times of trouble. Amen.

Author: Amy Speas

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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