July 31, 2022

Summer in the Psalms Psalm 107:1-9, 43


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SUMMER IN THE PSALMS: Psalm 107:1-9, 43

Message Outline

Psalm 107:1-9, 43 (NIV)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

  his love endures forever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

  those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

3 those he gathered from the lands,

  from east and west, from north and south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,

  finding no way to a city where they could settle.

5 They were hungry and thirsty,

  and their lives ebbed away.

6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

  and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He led them by a straight way

  to a city where they could settle.

8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

  and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

9 for he satisfies the thirsty

  and fills the hungry with good things.

43 Let the one who is wise heed these things

  and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

“Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story”

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love" 

“Let the one who is wise…ponder the loving deeds of the LORD”

The chesed of God is…

Hosea 11:3-4

3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,

taking them by the arms;

but they did not realize

it was I who healed them.

4 I led them with cords of human kindness,

with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts

a little child to the cheek,

and I bent down to feed them.



In your time alone with God in scripture reflection, solitude, prayer and journaling, begin with a breath prayer like "Holy Spirit, come," or listen to a song from the playlist. This summer we are focusing on one Psalm per week. Consider using one or more of the practices to reflect on the Psalm.

  • Journaling: Write out the Psalm in your journal. Make notes in the margins to amplify or clarify words. Be creative with doodling, drawing, highlighting words or phrases, collaging with cut-out words or pictures. Take your journal with you wherever you go this summer. At the end of the summer you will have a journal full of your own reflections, thoughts and prayers!
  • Reading: Take time to slowly read aloud the Psalm. What words or phrases stand out to you? What questions do you have? What feelings arise in you? Which physical response seems appropriate: hands raised or open? head bowed or lifted? standing or seated?
  • Memorizing: Commit to memorizing one or more verses.
  • Praying: How does this Psalm inspire praise, confession, lament, gratitude, or guidance for yourself, others or the world?