Daily Bible Reading

February 16, 2024

Psalm 107(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Love

Introduction

Psalm 107: Today’s reading speaks of God’s unfailing love by describing God’s saving acts in four instances—coming to the aid of those wandering in the desert, rescuing those suffering in prison, healing the sick and those close to death, and rescuing those in trouble at sea—saving all from their distress. The psalm concludes with a reminder of God’s constant love.

Scripture Reading

107 “Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good;
    his love is eternal!”
Repeat these words in praise to the Lord,
    all you whom he has saved.
He has rescued you from your enemies
    and has brought you back from foreign countries,
    from east and west, from north and south.

Some wandered in the trackless desert
    and could not find their way to a city to live in.
They were hungry and thirsty
    and had given up all hope.
Then in their trouble they called to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their distress.
He led them by a straight road
    to a city where they could live.
They must thank the Lord for his constant love,
    for the wonderful things he did for them.
He satisfies those who are thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some were living in gloom and darkness,
    prisoners suffering in chains,
11 because they had rebelled against the commands of Almighty God
    and had rejected his instructions.
12 They were worn out from hard work;
    they would fall down, and no one would help.
13 Then in their trouble they called to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of their gloom and darkness
    and broke their chains in pieces.
15 They must thank the Lord for his constant love,
    for the wonderful things he did for them.
16 He breaks down doors of bronze
    and smashes iron bars.

17 Some were fools, suffering because of their sins
    and because of their evil;
18 they couldn’t stand the sight of food
    and were close to death.
19 Then in their trouble they called to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their distress.
20 He healed them with his command
    and saved them from the grave.
21 They must thank the Lord for his constant love,
    for the wonderful things he did for them.
22 They must thank him with sacrifices,
    and with songs of joy must tell all that he has done.

23 Some sailed over the ocean in ships,
    earning their living on the seas.
24 They saw what the Lord can do,
    his wonderful acts on the seas.
25 He commanded, and a mighty wind began to blow
    and stirred up the waves.
26 The ships were lifted high in the air
    and plunged down into the depths.
In such danger the sailors lost their courage;
27     they stumbled and staggered like drunks—
    all their skill was useless.
28 Then in their trouble they called to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their distress.
29 He calmed the raging storm,
    and the waves became quiet.
30 They were glad because of the calm,
    and he brought them safe to the port they wanted.
31 They must thank the Lord for his constant love,
    for the wonderful things he did for them.
32 They must proclaim his greatness in the assembly of the people
    and praise him before the council of the leaders.

33 The Lord made rivers dry up completely
    and stopped springs from flowing.
34 He made rich soil become a salty wasteland
    because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He changed deserts into pools of water
    and dry land into flowing springs.
36 He let hungry people settle there,
    and they built a city to live in.
37 They sowed the fields and planted grapevines
    and reaped an abundant harvest.
38 He blessed his people, and they had many children;
    he kept their herds of cattle from decreasing.

39 When God’s people were defeated and humiliated
    by cruel oppression and suffering,
40 he showed contempt for their oppressors
    and made them wander in trackless deserts.
41 But he rescued the needy from their misery
    and made their families increase like flocks.
42 The righteous see this and are glad,
    but all the wicked are put to silence.

43 May those who are wise think about these things;
    may they consider the Lord’s constant love.

Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 107:43

May those who are wise think about these things; may they consider the LORD’s constant love.

Reflect

Today’s reading recounts several of God’s saving acts. In what ways can telling stories about God’s love and saving acts enhance and strengthen your faith? How can hearing other people’s stories deepen your understanding of God? Note verses 8, 15, 21, and 31. What is the significance of this sentence being repeated four times throughout the psalm? In what ways do you experience God’s constant love, and how will you express your thanks for God’s steadfast love and care today?

Pray

Faithful and loving God, may I remember your constant love for me each day and empower me to proclaim your greatness. Your care for your people is steadfast, and you are present with us in whatever situation we face. Your love is eternal, and I thank and praise you for all the wonderful things you have done. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Psalm 108: A prayer for help.

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