Let’s read parts of Psalm 147 again to highlight themes related to Ruth 1:
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel…
He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.
He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.
Praise the Lord.
(Psalm 147.3, 19-20)
The Lord’s objective is to establish and build up His people… that’s what He’s preoccupied with. And He gathers the outcasts… people like Naomi, who used to be in the center of things, but suddenly outcast because of her own decisions in response to life circumstances… but also, people like Ruth, who was never in the center of God’s plans, never had received God’s revelations, never was exposed to God’s ways… except by God’s sovereign wisdom, he allows her to marry into a wayward family. Out of the three widows, Naomi is the only one who knows the way home. Home is where God is working, where God is actively providing for His people.
“’[Jesus] himself carried our sins’ in his body on the cross. He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. ‘His wounds have healed you.’
‘You were like sheep wandering away.’ But now you have returned to the Shepherd. He is the one who watches over your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25)