Psalm 107 is all about remembering and rejoicing in the things God has done for us. It’s divided into sections, each talking about a different group of people who found themselves in challenging circumstances, but saw God come through for them. And each section ends with the words ‘Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love’ (Psalm 107:8;15;21 NIV). The first section speaks of people who were wandering in the wilderness, and were hungry and thirsty. This can be interpreted two ways. Firstly, it could be about God providing for our physical needs. When the Israelites were in the desert, they began complaining to Moses that they were better off back in Egypt where they were slaves. They said: ‘There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve’ (Exodus 16:3 NIV). God provided the Israelites with manna to eat, and the way He gave it to them meant that they had to trust in His provision each day (take a look at Exodus 16:4-21). Secondly, it could be showing how God provides for our spiritual needs. When we’re spiritually hungry and thirsty, God promises to satisfy us. We’re told that ‘he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.’ Other translations include the words ‘longing soul’ which suggests it’s talking about people who are desperate for more of God. God never forces us to have a relationship with Him, but inside each of us is an empty space which only He can fill. We often try and fill it ourselves, but a deep relationship with God is the only way we’ll ever feel truly satisfied.
Before each meal today, thank God that He has provided for your physical needs, and then ask Him to satisfy any spiritual hunger you have for Him.
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