“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the earth say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary and gathered from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; they did not find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way, to go to an inhabited city. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, and for the wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” (107:1-9)
Most of us will read this passage from the comfort of our own homes and perhaps synchronize it into an allegorical “dark night of the soul”, so we can identify as the redeemed. We are spiritually thirsty and emotionally hungry, and while it is marvelous how the LORD can redeem us from even that, I want to praise Him today for how profoundly He also physically redeems, and responds to the distressed.
He created the earth whole and good. While we can dwell on all the horrible ways we’ve screwed it up, He is always ready, wiling and able to restore wholeness and goodness to the brokenness.
Psalm 107 is full of examples where people got themselves into their own troubles, but the LORD still “saved them out of their distresses”.
No matter how we get ourselves into the trouble, no matter who’s fault the war was which created the refugees, no matter what addiction has left us imprisoned or at rock bottom, the LORD is ready to save those who allow their hearts to be humbled and cry to their maker for help. He answers and He delivers.
So, “let us give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness.”