Psalm 107: An Invitation

DSC_0426Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

Are you wandering, weary? Can’t figure out which way to go? Where do I belong, anyway? Are you hungry and thirsty? Have your choices left you unsatisfied – soul starving and weak?

Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
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
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

DSC_1068Is your life a prison, the shadow of death – the weight of the law and it’s wages – looming over you – bound by chains you can’t break?

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
    they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

DSC_0719 (1)Have you been foolish? Suffering the consequences of your own sinful choices, maybe losing the will to go on, just looking for a way out – even the gates of death begin to have an appeal.

17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered 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 delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

UnknownNot even your fault? Just going about your own business and suddenly a storm blows out of nowhere, and the waves threaten everything?

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

DSC_0664-001CRY TO JESUS.

Cry to the Lord in your trouble, and He will deliver you from your distress. It was His steadfast love that turned the rivers into a desert, gave you the hard labour of the prison chain gang, allowed you to “taste the soup that you have made” with your wise-in-your-own-eyes choices, brought the storm that defied all your ability to cope, so that you would see how much you need Him and cry out to Him. He knew it was the only way you would seek Him. He will not let you go, but He will not allow you to fool yourself into thinking you can do it any way but His.

IMG_501133 He turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
    and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
    and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
    and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
    through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
    and makes their families like flocks.

DSC_0874Cry to the Lord, and He will lead you out of the desert to Home and Belonging, to good things that satisfy your soul, to a fruitful life. He will break the chains and bring you into the light – children of the day – and free you from cruel labour. His burden is easy and His yoke is light. He will meet you in the middle of your circumstances and lead you out, heal your depression, make you thrive. He will speak to the waves, “Peace, be still!” and they will obey their Master. He will bring you safely to shore, not just any shore, the right shore, exactly where He wants you to be.

42 The upright see it and are glad,
    and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
    let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

And your sacrifice, yourself, still living but willingly bound to His altar, will be evidence of your thankfulness for His steadfast love, for the hardship that brought you to the Truth that set you free: Jesus.

~Charmin

 


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