S (Scripture): Psalms 107
Some of the redeemed were fools because of their sinful ways.
They suffered because of their wickedness.
They had absolutely no appetite for food;
they had arrived at death’s gates.
So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
God gave the order and healed them;
he rescued them from their pit.
Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people.
Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices
and declare what God has done in songs of joy!
O (Observation): The Israelites have suffered – at times – not because of what God did to them, but because they failed to live in wholeness within themselves, towards their neighbors, and with God. These failures bring about a situation in which people become desperate and lose hope.
Yet, in God, the people re-discover a hope that endures. God heals. God helps them to re-discover their purpose in this world. That mission then drives them onward and to pass on the faith from generation to generation.
A (Application): We all want to know answers to these questions (which I most recently re-discovered via Fuller Youth Institute’s research-based book: Growing Young).
- Who am I?
- Where do I fit in?
- Why am I here?
These are questions of Identity, Belonging, and Purpose. Today’s psalm helps us to explore these questions a bit.
Who am I? A redeemed sinner.
Where do I fit in? Amongst people who give thanks.
What is my purpose? To declare the Good Work that God has done.
Explore these questions today.
P (Prayer): Lord, help me to see You in my day. Amen.