August 23, 2020

This Sunday we will take an even deeper dive into the steadfast love of God by way of Psalm 107. If Psalm 136 was designed was to pound into our heads the truth that God is good and that His steadfast love endures forever, Psalm 107 is written to help us reflect more broadly and deeply on how His steadfast love is poured out to desperate people.

Though not as repetitive as the refrain of Psalm 136, this psalm also has a refrain; two actually.

The first describes the response of God’s people as they find themselves in a wide range of distresses. Some were doing this. Some were doing that. Some found themselves in pits of their own making. Some were broadsided by uninvited calamity. They all responded the same way.

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
      and He delivered them from their distress.” (vv. 6, 13, 19, 28)

He leads wanderers home. He satisfies the hungry and thirsty. He humbles the proud and meets them with mercy when they arrive at rock bottom. He heals fools from their sinful ways. He rescues the fearful from perils.

Te second refrain calls for the appropriate response to such steadfast love.

“Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
      for his wondrous works to the children of man! (vv. 8, 15, 21, 31)

As you prepare for Sunday, set apart some time to read through Psalm 107 slowly. Consider which of these sorts of desperate situations you can relate most to these days. Which “some” are you?

I’d also encourage you to take a few minutes and listen to the song linked below by Wendell Kimbrough. It’s a wonderful adaptation of Psalm 107 for contemporary singing.

Erik Thoennes will be preaching this Sunday and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? The closing verse of the Psalm makes a great prayer for us to pray in anticipation of this Sunday’s worship gathering.

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

Lord, help us attend carefully to your steadfast love! Whether you are at home or outdoors with us on Sunday, let’s come hungry and hopeful!

Song Link of the Week

Oh, Give Thanks by Wendell Kimbrough