Tuesday, August 15

Psalm 107:23-32 (ESV)

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits' end.[a]
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters[b] were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.


Reflection

I recently came upon a quote that read, “If someone tells you

they don’t believe in prayer, send them out to sea!” The sea is

wild and unpredictable. The sea is powerful and uncontrollable.

Life on the sea causes us, like those early disciples, to cry out,

“Lord, save us!”

For the ancient Israelites, the sea was the symbol of evil and

chaos in the world. Asking God to calm the sea was the same as

asking God to assert God’s power over the evil and chaos that

was reeling in their lives.

Today’s psalm describes the experience of God’s people out to

sea. “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,” the psalmist

declares, “and he brought them out from their distress; he made

the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed”

(107:28-29).

So much in our lives and in our world seems outside of our

control. Illness and disease. The ups-and-downs of the economy

and conflict between nations. Our relationships with others and

how others perceive us. In the midst of all that seems out of

control in our lives and in our world, we, too, can cry out to

God, knowing and trusting that God will hear our cry. God will

answer our prayer. God will gain the final victory over all the

powers of sin, death, and the devil. In fact, in Christ’s death and

resurrection, God already has!

“If someone tells you they don’t believe in prayer, send them out

to sea!” Whatever seems out of control in your life today, pray!

God is in control.


Prayer

Lord, save us. Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Greg Busboom—Lead Pastor

pbusboom@stjohns-springfield.org