God may send us trials, like he sent the people in psalm 107, but every trial is to bring us closer to Him! All things are working together for our good– which is essentially our relationship with our maker (not earthly blessing). Praise be our God who loves us so much to bring us back to Him.
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He rescued them from their distress.” This is repeated 4 times in Ps 107 (and apparently I needed the reminder today too!). It’s apparent in multiple situations–
–Wandering, lost, hungry & thirsty: He satisfied & filled with good things
–In a period of rebellion, in the chains of their own sin, under bitter labor conditions: He broke chains, bringing them out of darkness & gloom
–Coming close to death due to the consequences of their rebellion & sin, unable to find joy in anything: He healed them & rescued them from death.
–Facing the perils of the sea (hello Hurricane season!), at work, fearful, discouraged, at their wits’ end: He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves were hushed; He guided them to their desired safe place.
I feel like the repetition here indicates that there is NO PLACE, no rebellion, no earthly situation we can be in that, if we cry out to God in our distress, he won’t hear us. In a non double-negative sentence…Anywhere you find yourself, if you cry out to the Lord in your distress, He will hear AND rescue you. And you’ll be able to recount His faithfulness in doing so.
I saw this pattern too. What it seemed is that people get into the unhappy situations listed due to their wandering, rejection, ignorance of God- and pride. God doesn’t necessarily create the suffering- we do! And THEN when we realize what we’ve done- or how weak we really are- THEN we turn to God and beg for help. Even then God is faithful! When we certainly aren’t earning anything from God- even then- just turning our hearts to Him is all it takes. Already this morning i was praying that many who never thought of God would turn to Him now and discover His love and life for the first time- and come to salvation. Thanks for the clarity SarahMay!
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This passage really speaks to me tonight, I feel that I’ve drifted from God and it’s just a reminder that no matter what Jesus will forgive my sins. It amazes me that we serve such an amazing, forgiving God.
In Psalm 107, Israel continually disobeyed God, but what struck me was the fact that no matter how many times they turned away from Him…He was always there to deliver them when they cried out to Him.
What amazing grace.
doesn’t He offer the same for us today
when we cry out to Him!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
107 is possibly my favourite psalm ever. What a refreshing and renewing psalm to read. His promises and blessings are bountiful and so good.
Ps 107:20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
Thank you God for sending your one and only son Jesus for our eternal healing from sin and death… John 1:1-5,14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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