ROOTED - Thursday, January 20, 2022


When life is hard, when we are assaulted with illness and criticism and hardship, let us turn to the Psalms, the word of God which gives us words to speak to our Lord, when the right words are hard to come by.

 

Here are some words from Psalm 107, a psalm of thanksgiving for the goodness of God.

 

Psalm 107:1-9, 28-36, 42-43

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 

3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. 

4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. 

5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. 

6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 

7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. 

8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 

9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. 

28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 

29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 

30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. 

31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. 

32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. 

33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, 

34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there. 

35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; 

36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. 

42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. 

43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.

 

Reflections

What is the testimony of the psalmist?

 

Which verse resonates most with you?

 

Pick one verse and memorize it.

 

Pray the psalm as a prayer.

 

Prayer

O God, who is so very good, more generous, and loving than we have even dared to dream, thank you for your blessing and power which you have used for our benefit.  We praise you and worship you, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.