Today is our first of seven days reading a portion of Psalm 107. This is a song of praise and thanksgiving. Specifically, the Psalmist is grateful for deliverance from troubles. It is a testimony to the power of God to redeem those who are in even the most desperate of situations. As is often the case in the Psalms, it speaks of God’s steadfast love. The Hebrew word (hesed) used here has no precise equivalent in English, and so has been variously translated as “steadfast love,” loving-kindness,” “mercy,” and “loyalty.” This week, each time we read from this Psalm, we should meditate on how we have experienced these aspects of God’s love over our lifetime.
The reading from Genesis is the account of God’s covenant promise to Noah after the chaos of the Flood has receded. God promises to hold back such utter devastation in the future. The rainbow becomes the sign that God Himself will bear the destructive weight of human sin. The bow will turn heavenward, away from humanity. The reading from Ephesians tells us that this has been accomplished in the foundational choice of God to be a Redeemer. In Christ, we are graciously marked for entry into God’s family. God is faithful.