Day 2

Day 2: Disappointment & Discouragement

Psalm 107:1, 10-16

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
   prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands
   and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
   they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
   and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
   and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
   and cuts through bars of iron.
Discussion: We have all faced disappointments in our lives. We expected things to go one way, but then they turned out entirely different. Perhaps someone we trusted let us down. In this current season, we have all likely faced some disappointment due to the orders to stay at home. When we are feeling disappointed and discouraged, we can turn to Psalm 107.

Though this psalm begins by giving thanks for God’s goodness and love, it goes on to describe some dire situations. In verses 10-12, the psalmist describes that some people have been sitting in darkness and in chains. They likely had plans for their lives, things they wanted to accomplish, yet they remained imprisoned. 

Then in verses 13-14, they cry out to God and he saves them. He turns their situations around completely, moving them from imprisonment to freedom, from darkness to light.

Perhaps many of us feel like we have been imprisoned, shrouded in darkness, laboring for little gain. We had great expectations for life, but those expectations have fallen flat. This psalm encourages us that we can still see God do great things in our lives, even when things do not go the way we want. God will have the final say, and when we accept His unfailing love through Christ, our chains break and we can step out of darkness into freedom and light.

Engagement:
  1. Read Psalm 107 again.
  2. Reflect on Psalm 107. Try to rephrase it into your own language and connect it to your own situation. If you enjoy writing or journaling, try to rewrite your own version of this psalm.
  3. Pray using Psalm 107 as your guide. Thank God for his goodness and love. Describe your disappointments to God and express your feelings to God honestly. Remember another time in which you felt disappointed, but then God intervened and you were able to see God’s goodness and love in that situation. Thank God for bringing joy out of your disappointment. Praise Him for His unfailing love.
  4. Worship God. Check out these songs on our playlist: “Grateful” by Elevation Worship, “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle & “The Passion” by Hillsong Worship
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