Daily Devotion – March 6, 2018

Psalm 107:1-3; 17-22, 30-43

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

17 Some were sick through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities endured 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 saved them from their distress;
20 he sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the wickedness 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 live,
and they establish a town 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 cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of distress,
and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad;
and all wickedness stops its mouth.
43 Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Devotion by Lynne Buell

The first three verses of Psalm 107 signify thankfulness and hope.  But if you read on, there begins the roller coaster ride.  You are plunged into gloom and doom; bad things happened because you have sinned.  You have reached the lowest of low; only then will you ask God to forgive you.  And then God listens, and the words of this Psalm begin on an upward incline where there is no more misery, pain, or suffering.

Our lives have ups and downs, and there are times when we feel like God has left us out in the cold.  From the song the choir sang last Sunday, “Christ is Our Brother” by Pepper Choplin, one of the stanzas has the words, “My God, why have you forsaken me,” (also found in Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46) which were cried out by Jesus from the cross.  How many times have you cried out, “Why, God, why?!!?”

If you pay attention to the underlying meaning of this Psalm, I believe it is reminding us that God is the core of righteousness and love.

This Lent, I chose to focus on God’s goodness.  Before Jesus came, I think the world was without hope.  Even present day, there are many who are living without hope.  Nevertheless, we cannot give up.  We can make this world a better place by continuing with our missions in helping others and spreading God’s Word.  Each life that we influence is one less that suffers from hunger, loneliness, and sorrow.


“For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.”  Psalm 107:9





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