Wednesday 25th March
I don’t know about you but every time I hear psalm 107 I automatically start humming “Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King … His love endures forever!”. Which is no surprise really because not unlike the well known Chris Tomlin song, each verse of this psalm builds up to a crescendo of grateful thanks, as it lists the many things that God has done for His people.
God redeemed Israel from their enemies; He heard and responded to their cries when they were alone in the wilderness or far away from their home and loved ones. He fed them when hungry, gave them drink when they were thirsty and refreshed their weary souls when their hearts were fainting. He responded to their cries and poured out gracious goodness to them – even when they rebelled against the word of the Lord or proudly forged-out their own pathway.
In this beautiful song of praise, Israel recognised that the goodness of God was not dependent on them – but on His everlasting faithfulness – His eternal grace – His loving-kindness which is never-ending.
They understood that the Lord hears every cry of their hearts and that He alone responds to their pleas and brings them through their troubles and trials.
But how does it relate to us today?
Here we are in the twenty-first century and for many, especially those who are most vulnerable in our society, we face the same trials and tribulations that the people of Israel did, if not more. We look around our world and see the devastating effects of universal credits, of food poverty, lack of provision for mental health, suicides, low incomes, conflict, war, pain, suffering.
In a world such as this it is sometimes hard to have hope, to recognise God’s presence among us.
Yet we can take courage, because I believe that this is not only a psalm of the past, but a hymn of praise for the present too. The God of Israel, who is faithful and just and who’s steadfast love is never ending, is the same God of yesterday, today and tomorrow and we all as God’s “redeemed people” have our own stories to tell of His amazing hand, in our lives.
It was Paul who encouraged us to give thanks in everything – so despite the chaos we may see around us each day, let our hearts and voices explode into a great hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. For He is good – His steadfast love endures forever and His faithfulness extends throughout time, into the far reaches of eternity.
Reflection by Rachel Sheehan