praying the psalms: psalm 107
The Lord is good and His love is never ending. We have each of us been redeemed from a certain death, and He has gathered us together as His body.
Here is our story:
Some of us had become wanderers, searching high and low, near and far, hungry, thirsty, achy, and wasting away. We cried out to the Lord, and He delivered us and satisfied us.
Some of us sat as prisoners of our own darkness and stubbornness. Our chains rattled as we battled, labored, worked to make things work out for ourselves. “Why is this so hard?” we wondered. “Why can’t we catch a break?”
We cried out to the Lord, and He delivered us, and broke our chains. He sprang us from our cells, He broke down our gates.
Some of us foolishly stumbled into the same holes over and over, and have the bruises and scars to prove it. We walked around, invincible, untouchable, until another pit swallowed us up, nearly consuming us.
We cried out to the Lord, and He delivered us, bandaged our wounds, pulled us out of the grave.
Sing songs of joy as we tell His story!
Some of us thought we were brave, and were utterly humbled by His might. Storms, wind, waves, these things terrified us, showed us how cowardly we truly were.
We cried out to the Lord, and He delivered us, and calmed the storms. He guided us to safety, to peace.
Be brave and give thanks loudly!
Some of us thought we were rich, until the Lord turned what we had into dust. What we had was taken away, our water dried up, and we were hungry. Everything was turned on its head because of our wickedness.
But He brought us, hungry, to a different place. What was a desert became a river, and we began to grow again.
Some of us fell away when the hard things of life hit again, but those of us who remained He lifted up, blessing us.
Give thanks! He has brought us all together as His!
If we are wise, let us recognize our redemption, celebrating His love and His work in us.
a prayer of celebration, contributed by Caitlyn Schultz