Today, we continue to work our way through Psalm 107.
“10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
prisoners in misery and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor;
they fell down, with no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;
14 he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
and broke their bonds asunder.
15 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze,
and cuts in two the bars of iron.” NRSV
We all make bad choices. Sometimes a really bad choice we make is to spurn God, or to “rebel against God,” to use the Psalmist’s words. These bad choices can lead to severe consequences.
The good news is that even after we make the choices we make, even those that distance us further and further from God, we never get beyond earshot of God’s ability to hear our cries for help. The cries for God to come to our rescue us, poured out from a genuinely repentant heart, will always be heard and capture God’s attention: “and he saved them from their distress; he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder.”
Then, it is incumbent on us to never forget to “thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.” Forgetting to show God our thanks and praise is the one bad choice we should never make. That choice turns off the tap from which God’s blessings flow.
Be a blessing to someone today (its a great way of saying thanks to God)!