This week, I invite you to walk with me through some of my inner thoughts regarding Psalm 107. The first time I remember reading it, I thought it would make a great sermon series. I even outlined it and used it as a part of an assignment in my Homiletics (Preaching) class. Perhaps it would make a series of sermons; but now it is just a favorite psalm. When I read it, the overwhelming message to me is this: NO ONE IS BEYOND HIS REACH OR HIS ABILITY TO REDEEM.
I encourage you to take the few minutes necessary to read the psalm in its entirety today. But if time doesn’t allow that, join me this week as we look at it in smaller, bite-size pieces.
1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. 3For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.
43Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.Psalm 107:1-3, 43
Here is the beginning and the end of the psalm. While the author is anonymous, the event is thought to be the Jews return home from captivity in Babylon. Before you mark it off as irrelevant to you, consider your own journey. In some way, we all experience captivity and are invited to return to God through Jesus. Difficulties along the way are the places we meet Jesus.
In these opening words, I am challenged to consider the question: has the Lord redeemed me? Then speak up! Share what he has done!
So I ask you to consider: has he redeemed you? Are you sharing what he has done? What/who are your enemies? From what/who do you need to be delivered right now? Are you taking the faithful love of the Lord to heart?