From Handbook to Scripture,
READING: Psalm 107
Psalm 107 is a resource that encourages us to keep a grateful memory alive by remembering God’s benefits in the past. The psalmist creates four different scenes to depict the return of the Israelites from Babylonian captivity and uses the same refrain of thanksgiving near the end of each: “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men!” All four scenes reveal the folly of thinking we are masters of our fate. We would be wise to recognize ourselves in the fourfold picture of plight and salvation: we are the wanderers, the prisoners, the sick, and the storm-tossed who have been retrieved, released, restored, and rescued.
Lord, I know that in Your severe mercy You sometimes take me to the end of my rope, but You are always faithful to those who cling to You during the tough times of life. May I cultivate an ongoing attitude of gratitude by remembering the good things You have done for me.