Day Two: A Pleasant Journey

Ruth 1:3-5 – “Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.”

Read the following verses from Psalm 147 to find themes related to those found in Ruth:
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds…
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    His understanding is beyond measure…
Praise the Lord.”
(Psalm 147:1-2, 5, 20)

Naomi’s name means “pleasant”… and she is someone we can all relate to. She wants a pleasant life, raise a family… nothing crazy… a reasonable, “normal” life. She made sensible decisions, just like we would. But her life is anything but pleasant… it is completely upended… she lost everything. Not only far from God’s promised land, people, presence… but now bereft of husband and two sons… she is utterly destitute. A brokenness only the Lord can heal and wounds only God can bind up. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). But when we are with Him…Pray for the pleasantness (enjoyable life) that comes from being in His presence. Sing praises and let God fight for you as we worship to this song – “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” (Click here) by Upperroom.

– JP