Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 107 (cont. again)

Last Sunday, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Today is our third and final day focusing on Psalm 107, which is an unfolding story of thankfulness told in several acts. Go back and read the Psalm's first 22 verses if you missed them!

Psalm 107: Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the mighty waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, God’s wondrous works in the deep.
25 For God 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 calamity;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
    and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and God brought them out from their distress;
29 God made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,
    and God brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for God’s steadfast love,
    for God’s wonderful works to humankind.
32 Let them extol God in the congregation of the people,
    and praise God in the assembly of the elders.
33 God 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 God turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there God lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in; 37 they sow fields, and plant vineyards,

    and get a fruitful yield.

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