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Psalm 107 - Part 2

desert

Some wandered in desert wastes,
   finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
   their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
   till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
   and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Psalm 107:4-9 (ESV)

This is Part 2 of a multi-part blog on Psalm 107. Click here to read Part 1.

One of the constant themes we find in the Bible is that God seeks and saves the lost, the sojourner, the refugee.  As the Psalmist calls us to remember what we have been redeemed from, he dedicates these verses to the wanderer:

“Remember when you had nowhere else to go?” “Remember how desperate you were, without food or water?” “Remember the unrelenting dryness of the desert wasteland?” “Remember when you called out with your last breath and the LORD delivered you?”

Throughout history the people of God have been delivered from the desert, literally and figuratively.  Through Christ, the Bread of Life, God feeds the hungry soul. He provides Living Water to those “in a dry and weary land” (Psalm 63:1). He replaces the dry sand of sin with the refreshing waters of baptism.   

Let us thank the LORD for He is good, He has rescued us from the wasteland of death, and brought us into the Kingdom of Heaven where his rule, reign, and steadfast love are without end.

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