ISSL Reflections October 17 2021 Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43 Post 3


O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so… (Psalm 107:1-2a)

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

VIII.
The Psalmist asks us to participate both in thanksgiving and in considering how we encounter The Lord’s “steadfast love.”

As you read Psalm 107 once again, pause as the Psalmist offers examples of The Lord’s “steadfast love.” Do the examples give you cause to consider your own experience of God’s love?

IX.

Psalm 107:1-9 (NRSV)

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.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.

For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.

Psalm 107:39-43 (NRSV)

When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

but he raises up the needy out of distress,
and makes their families like flocks.

The upright see it and are glad;
and all wickedness stops its mouth.

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

X.
What does the Psalmist bring to mind for you, when he speaks of –

redeemed from trouble
gathered in from the lands
wandered in desert wastes, finding no way
soul fainted within
satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things
diminished and brought low
raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks
upright see it and are glad

Does the Psalmist lead you to a time of thanksgiving?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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