In this call to praise, the psalmist reminds us that God redeems and gathers people in no matter who they are or where they have come from. God has delivered people from any number of distressing situations, bringing them from the loneliness of the wilderness to a place filled with companionship. The thirsty have been given a drink and the hungry have been fed. This psalm reminds us that there is nothing we could be going through that God has not seen before and that God has not redeemed for at least a measure of good. This truth should give us courage to ask God for whatever help we may need. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you’re going through, you are worthy of God’s love and attention.
How does this call to celebrate what God has already done give you hope for what God will continue to do? Think of a situation that you have been reluctant or afraid to bring to God. What has kept you from doing so? What’s the worst that could happen? What’s the best that could happen?
In prayer, offer this situation to God and give thanks for the promise that God is listening.