Parched Land into Springs of Water

{Psalm 107:33-43}

Feast Day of St Joseph 2010

The title of this Psalm in my Bible is ” Thanksgiving For deliverance From Many Troubles”.  It is interesting to note that today’s selection of this Psalm starts off on a rather negative note. Listen to the words:

“He turns rivers into a desert,

springs of water into thirsty ground,

a fruitful  land into a salty waste;

because of the wickedness of the inhabitants…”

But wait—– this isn’t the end of this poem. Recall that the editors of the NRSV Catholic Bible  titled this particular  titled this Psalm  as a Psalm of THANKSGIVING. That is correct, the  writer of this Psalm is thanking God for God’s  ever-present & forgiving nature. Israel has been wicked, indeed. Again & again has turned away from the God of Israel & began to worship false gods .

But what does this  psalm have to say about you & me today?

In my EfM seminar we studied the works of the prophets Amos & Hosea.  Amos  tells of an angry God who plans to cause great pain & destruction  on Israel in retribution for her neglect of the poor in times of prosperity.  But Hosea  focuses more on the God who, although is angered by the Israelites lack of concern for  the poor, friendless & outcasts in their society, speaks of God’s unwavering LOVE.

On this Feast Day Of St Joseph, let us all remember to thank our Earthly fathers, , step-fathers, male mentors & other significant men in our lives. But more importantly,  let us remember today that God is our Heavenly Father, a Father Who loves each of us enough to discipline  harshly when we { as a society or as individuals}  go astray.

I don’t know about you all, but my Dad is GREAT.  Naturally he & I argue often{ we are so much alike that it is scary at times!} But I do know that my earthly father loves me & would do anything in is power to keep me safe, well-fed  & with food & shelter. Dad & I surely do not agree on a lot most of the time & I know I can be the proverbial  thorn in his side. I am ashamed to even begin to think about the myriad of times that I have disobeyed & disappointed Dad.

Yet my Dad loves both me & my brother with a love which only a parent can have for his or her offspring. If my human father loves me this much: the love of our Heavenly Father is incomprehensible.

The last lines of Psalm 107 say”

“Let those who are wise give heed to these things

and consider the steadfast love of the LORD.”


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