ISSL Reflections October 17 2021 Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43 Post 2

As we return to Psalm 107 today let the words that close the Psalm be your path into hearing this Psalm –

Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord. (Psalm 107:43)

Read the Psalm once again and take time to consider the times and places the Psalmist thinks The Lord’s “steadfast love” was experienced.

What “things” does the Psalmist ask his hearers to notice?

Why do you think “these things” connect to The Lord’s “steadfast love” in the Psalmist’s thoughts?

“Steadfast love” has in other places been translated as “kindness,” “faithfulness,” “lovingkindness,” and “mercy.”

It is the Hebrew word, hesed, and is often used when God’s covenant with his people is mentioned. I like to translate/paraphrase it as “covenant love.”

It is the word translated as “mercy” in Micah 6:8,

“… what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

As the Psalmist asks you what are “these things” that lead you to sense The Lord’s “steadfast love,” how do you reply?

When and where and how do you find you are a participant in The Lord’s covenant love?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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