It is coming and it is coming quickly! That wonderful time of year that we spend eating too much, having party after party, and trying to juggle extra time with family and friends. Yep, we have entered the “Holiday Season.” And while it does bring some extra busyness, it is also one of the most incredible times in our year.
As I was preparing for some of the Thanksgiving lessons and scripture readings, I read through Psalm 107. Have you read that Psalm lately? It’s amazing. There are many passages that I read and remember past times that they stood out to me, but I cannot remember this particular passage. It was exciting to find a “new” passage! So I wanted to share a bit of what stood out to me and see what stands out to you.
It starts off with:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
A phrase I’ve heard before, but as I read the rest of the Psalm, it began to give a different perspective for me in regards to giving thanks. The Psalm takes this turn and begins to talk about various people and their circumstances. The one that really stood out to me is in verses 10 & 11:
Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
They rebelled against the words of God,
scorning the counsel of the Most High.
There are times when I have felt like I sat in “darkness and deepest gloom.” I can think of times when I did not listen to the counsel of the Most High. But here is what is amazing about each of these circumstances, and the others mentioned–
Each time the people finally cried out to God, God answered.
I get the impression that many of the circumstances in which the people find themselves, they created themselves. And yet, God answers. But not all of them are in circumstances they created. For some, it is just life in all its overwhelming force and they need help. They hit rock bottom and cry out. And God redeems. God leads. God calms. God transforms. God rescues. That is why we can give thanks…
The last verse says this:
Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.
So what is in your history? When have you been redeemed, led, calmed, transformed, rescued? During this next week, while everyone is thinking of what they are thankful for, I would encourage you to think about what God has done over this past year and give thanks. Or maybe you are in the middle of the place where you need God to answer your call. Either way, I hope God minsters to you through this Psalm!