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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!
The scripture reading today comes from Psalm 22.
As you read, consider these questions:
How do you related to the passage? What does it tell you about God? What response do you have? What do you think God wants you to learn from the passage?
God must bring us to a point- I cannot tell you how it will be, but he will do it- where, through a deep and dark experience, our natural power is touched and fundamentally weakened, so that we no longer dare trust ourselves. He has had to deal with some of us very strangely, and take us through difficult and painful ways, in order to get us there… But then at last it is that he can begin to use us… All is in darkness, but it is only for a night. It must indeed be a full night, but that is all. Afterwards you will find that everything is given back to you in glorious resurrection; and nothing can measure the difference between what was before and what is now! —Watchman Nee
But you, O God my Lord,
deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;
because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is stricken within me.
I am gone like a shadow at evening;
I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting;
my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
when they see me, they wag their heads.
Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it!
Let them curse, but you will bless!
They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.
O Lord, we beseech thee to deliver us from the fear of the unknown future; from fear of failure; from fear of poverty; from fear of bereavement; from fear of loneliness; from fear of sickness and pain; from fear of age; and from fear of death. Help us, O Father, by thy grace to love and fear thee only, fill our hearts with cheerful courage and loving trust in thee; through our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.— Akanu Ibaim (Nigeria/ 1906-1995)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
This Psalm is a perfect reminder and follow up from yesterday’s reading…
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”