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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Meredith Ratliff

Meredith Ratliff


My name is Meredith Ratliff.  I've been married to Steve for 11 years, and we have a five-year-old daughter, Hannah, and three-year-old son, Jonathan. Having children has been the most personally refining and challenging time in my life, which is why I love to serve on the hospitality team at the NEST, Watermark's ministry for parents of young children. I'm thankful for all the truth, wisdom, and encouragement I've gleaned from it. One of my favorite things is a good cup of coffee (or two). I also have a dry sense of humor—if you haven't checked out yet, you are missing out!

June 12, 2017


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Psalm 107:23-43

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. [1]
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 [2] 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.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord. (ESV)


[1] 107:27 Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up
[2] 107:30 Hebrew they


Psalm 8:8

the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.