Today’s readings: Ezekiel 20:1-49, Hebrews 9:11-28, Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 27:11
Psalm 107 tells a story of God’s redeeming love. They found themselves in all sorts of bad conditions: wandering, homeless, depressed, rebellious, in trouble at sea. In each case (vv. 13, 19 and 28), their ultimate response is the same:
28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
And God delivered them. The Psalmist even tells us how to respond in this situation.
43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.
If we are wise we will recount the history of the faithful love of the Lord. This reminds me of an exercise that was part of going through Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby probably 30 years ago. We spent time looking back over our lives for milestones – times and places where God had acted in our lives to deliver us, to strengthen us, to give us direction – times when we had experienced God at work in us. It was a great exercise then and still rings true to me. I wrote about the people who had influenced me most in my faith and found, to my surprise, that these were not necessarily people I would identify as spiritual giants. Rather they were mostly Christians who were my friends or teachers who had spoken a timely word to me. My experience of God’s deliverance, strength and direction most often came from these Christians who surrounded me or directly from reading the Bible. I still see this today and am grateful for it.