Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
-Psalm 107:1-3

At the end of a long day, I simply want to come home, take off my shoes and sit in my overstuffed recliner. There is something very comforting and relaxing plopping down onto my favorite chair whenever I get the opportunity, especially when I’m out tired or stressed out. In fact, once I kick the foot-rest out and lean the seat back to its fully reclined position, it usually only takes a few minutes before my eyes drop and my whole body goes limp. In a spiritual way, the Psalms work the same way. Whenever I find myself in a desert, feeling trapped in a situation I can’t seem to get of, weighed down by my own consequences or entangled in something not of my own doing I turn to the words of poetry and hymns. There is something comforting and relaxing about reading the words that someone else wrote many, many years ago who was also going through something they needed relief from. At the beginning of a number of Psalms, we see, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” Those are truly comforting words. They remind me that God is with me and has drawn me to him self and has never left me. In Psalm 107, I’m part of the story of God, I have been rescued from the hand of despair and fatigue and I’m not alone. I have been gathered with all the Believers who also find comfort in the God that saved them. So today, when you just want to sit in your most comfortable chair, when you simply need to relax and evaluate things or when you need to escape from a seemingly never ending situation, read a Psalm and feel the comfort of the God who called you remind you that He is God and that His love last forever.

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