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>Psalm 107:33-43

In Psalms, Theology on September 17, 2007 by mstevensrev

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33 He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

God brings life where the was no life, at least in theory…we all watch Discovery channel and we know that rivers and deserts are filled with life. Anne Lamont (my favorite author) talks about the rain in the desert and the puddles that are full of life there. God is that rain. His blessing also protects those whose lives would otherwise be in danger.

Over and over again we find that God has a heart for the needy. He cares for us when we acknowledge the places in our life that we are lowly. The older I get the more I realize that I am not actually that great at much. The things I am good at often it is inspite of myself. I made a series of mistakes in a sale the other week, but ultimately landed the account and kept the business which we would have never had in the first place if I would have done everything right. I am reminded of that movie Crash, where we find that in our brokenness is where we come together.

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