Lectionary Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 107:

Psalm 107, the first psalm in the fifth and final of the Psalter’s five books, is a psalm of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness, deliverance, and covenant love in response to human repentance, turning away from sin and toward God.

This is celebrated through a repeated pattern of describing various groups of people who have experienced calamity, turned toward God, and experienced deliverance (vv. 4-9, 10-16, 17-22, 23-32).

The psalm concludes with a general hymn of praise to God (vv 33-41) and a proverb-like refrain that calls on the wise to “take this to heart.”


Prayer for reflection:
Good and loving God, in Jesus you know the paths your children walk
and all that can frighten and discourage us.
Make your presence real to use as we make our journey,
that at any time and in every circumstance
we may remember your blessings—and rejoice! Amen.


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