I read this Psalm (107:33-38) during my devotion a while ago and noticed a significant difference between God’s blessings and curses. Can you spot what it is?
33 He turned rivers into a desert,
flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,
because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water
and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards
that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
and he did not let their herds diminish.
Yes, you are right.
Curses are contingent upon the sin of mankind, but blessings are given freely out of God’s mercy without any human cause.
There is no “because” to make the blessings conditional.
What did Abraham do to merit God’s blessing in the beginning of Genesis 12? Absolutely nothing.
This contrast just highlights the inherent goodness and the steadfast love of God…… which is in fact the overarching theme of Psalm 107.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Ps. 107:1)