Psalm 107: Part II
33The Lord changed rivers into deserts, *
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34A fruitful land into salt flats, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35He changed deserts into pools of water *
and dry land into water-springs.
36He settled the hungry there, *
and they founded a city to dwell in.
37They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
he did not let their herds decrease.
39Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40(He pours contempt on princes *
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the Lord.
A Collect for Saturdays
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Image Credit: Haystacks: Autumn, ca. 1874, Jean-François Millet
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access Collection