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A journey of praise

We live in the shadow of a steadfast love that endures forever

Summer is a time of travel. Psalm 107, which may have been a pilgrimage psalm recited by believers going to Jerusalem, invites us to a journey of praise for God’s steadfast love to those in trouble. One by one, four pilgrims offer stories of God’s faithfulness. And we become pilgrims with them as our stories link with theirs and the biblical story.

We join their witness to God’s love through the psalm’s repeated refrains: “Then in their trouble they cried to the Lord, who delivered them from their distress ...” (verses 6, 13, 19 and 28). “Let them give thanks to you, Lord, for your steadfast love and your wonderful works for all people (verses 8, 15, 21, and 31). Come, brothers and sisters, let us journey together.

In verses 1-3 we, “the redeemed of the Lord,” are gathered “from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” We are told to give thanks for “God’s steadfast love endures forever.”


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