Daily Office Readings of Saturday of Proper 21 Year 1
Psalm 107: 41 – 43
41 He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42 The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43 Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the Lord.
I think verse 43 applies to the whole of Psalm 107. But for me, and I hope for you who read this as well, the idea of pondering all of the words of our ancient writings brings us holy contemplation. In this particular case we are to ponder the mercies of the Lord.
When I reflect on my life up to this point I know for sure that there is a God and that God is good. I have been in situations, sometimes very dangerous situations that could have ended very badly, but didn’t. I am thankful. But I don’t just let it go and say it was coincidence.
When I study and ponder the acts of God I see more and more that God intervenes in the lives of some people for the sake of more people. Except for the Hebrew tale of Job which was created to show that bad things can happen to good people, I can’t recall one Bible story where God helped someone for the help of that person alone. The Capstone of worldwide salvation of course, is the coming and dying of Jesus Christ our Savior.
So when I ponder these things as the Psalmist instructs I begin to see that the mercies of God are not so much that I was personally brought out of bad situations, but that I am still here for the continued work God has for me to do. Are you wise? Ponder the mercies of God in your own history. If you are an instrument of God how has God used you for the spiritual benefit of others? You are here, and still here, for God’s purposes.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+