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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Psalm 107

Whoever is wise will observe
these things,
And they will understand the
Lovingkindness of the LORD.
Psalm 107:43

Let's read Psalm 107 to see what things we are to observe to understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.:

 I see men with hard unbelieving hearts stumbling around in darkness.  I see hungry and thirsty men searching for something of substance to fulfill them physically and spiritually.  I see men who have no strength and nothing left to give.  I see men who sit in darkness and death, chained to their sin and affliction.  I see men who rebel against the Counsel of the Most High and the truth of His word.  I see men who because of their sin are left desolate.  I see men going about in their daily work, attempting to overcome the dangers and trial of this life with their own wisdom and skill.

I see a merciful God who redeemed men from the hand of the enemy.  I see a loving God who gathered us from all the distant lands.  I see a God who gave us a home to dwell.  I see a gracious, good and satisfying God who fills our bellies as well as the deepest longing in our soul.  I see an amazing God who saves us out of our distress.  A God who bring us out of darkness and the shadow of death.  A God who breaks our chains of sin into pieces.  A God who by His very word cuts the bars of sin in two and delivers us from our destruction's.  I see a God who calms the storms of life so the waves are quiet.  I see a God who guides us to a safe haven in His presence.  I see a great and powerful God who is able to turn fruitful land into barren land and rivers into wilderness.  I see a merciful God who showers us with pools of water, vineyards, and fruitful harvests.  I see a God who blesses greatly, who sets the poor on high, far from their affliction. 

I see three themes in these 43 verses.  A theme of desperate sinful man crying out to the great and merciful LORD in the middle of their troubles.  Four verses show this sinful man's response to this great God, "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble."  Do you see it?  They were desperate and they cried out!  The next I see is God's merciful response.  God delivered and saved them out of their distress.   Then comes the last theme and the most enjoyable of all - Giving thanks and worshipping of the LORD.  We are told five times, "Oh that man would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! 

Do you have a thankful heart?  Are you remembering where you once were-where God delivered you from.  Are you one of the redeemed?  Has the great I AM spoken your name and have you responded with a cry of the heart to God? 

The righteous see it and rejoice and all iniquity stops its mouth. vs. 42
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for His good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so!
Psalm 107:1-2

1 comment:

Aaron W. Matthews said...

That is a terrific assessment of Psalm 107. I'm so glad you blogged this. Straight from the heart and encouraging to me as well. I have a thankful heart and I wish everyone would succumb to the Lord's wisdom and grace and love. In it there is fullness of pleasure! Thanks Bobbie!