Psalm 107: 4 Some (of God’s children) wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
This is a familiar theme in the psalms. God’s people were in trouble and, after a time of struggle, they were delivered from their distress. And so God’s people gave praise to God for his “wonderful works to humankind”. What gets me in this passage is the nature of the peoples’ distress prior to being rescued by God. They weren’t just a little bit hungry, but “hungry and thirsty their soul fainted within them”. In other words:
God’s people were on the verge of death before the Lord intervened.
This sort of thing happens frequently in scripture. God doesn’t show up until the last possible moment. They aren’t just hungry, they are starving. They aren’t just parched they are dying of thirst. They haven’t just lost a battle, they are on the verge of being completely wiped out. THEN God shows up to save the day.
It’s as if “desperation” draws the presence of God.
Some of you readers are approaching desperation. Maybe, if you’re honest, you’re already there. I suppose it’s only when the world of our own making comes falling down that we realize our need for God. It’s in those times that God is able to get our attention, and redemption is near.
Hear this dear sister/brother – redemption is near. Trust in the Lord to see you through. In times of great distress, when all else fails you, you realize that God is all you have. Fortunately, God is all you need. Rest in that truth today. Amen.