Posted by: Harry Sasnowitz | March 25, 2010

Psalm 107

Below is Psalm 107 (NIV version). May God speak to us of his love & faithfulness even during the most trying times:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this—those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way, to a city where they could settle. Let then give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the word of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. The loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent forth His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.

Others went out on the sea on ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord,, His wonderful deeds in the deep. For He spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men. Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Hin in the counsel of the elders.

He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there. He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there He brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and He did not let their hers diminish.

Then their numbers decreased and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; He who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. But He lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.” Psalm 107

As believers, it’s good to remember those times when God helped us and delivered us through various personal trials, for they give us hope for the future trial that is ahead….that God will yet again deliver us.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trial-free existence? Don’t believe everything you here; I don’t care if you quote scripture 24/7 to cement for yourself a problem-free existence. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble…….. but take heart; I have overcome the world.” This is the good news; that although we will have trials, our hope is in the One greater than ourselves who will comfort, help & deliver us from, and many times through our trials.

He is not a God with an individualistic mindset which says, “God only helps those who helps themselves.” What I find  interesting about this particular psalm is that it so clearly shows God as a God of grace. He helps the depressed, the prisoners and the afflicted, who most of the time are at their particular place of suffering due to their own poor decisions. He blesses the undeserving.

When they cried out to the Lord, He answered and delivered them; no litmus test required. Because God responds to faith, even if you’re in a pig-pen of your own making.

Have you ever wandered in a desert wasteland? (aimlessness)

Have you ever sat in darkness and the deepest gloom? (depression & despair)

Have you ever brought upon yourself oppression and affliction due to your own sins?

I have experienced all of the above. My story is unique, as is yours. Regardless of our circumstances, God is good; His disposition toward his sons & daughters is one of grace, and He indeed is our deliver. If we take time to remember, there have been many times that He has stepped into our situation and intervened. And then there are the times that God has worked in our lives unawares…behind the scenes…..for our good. And it should comfort us to know that that when we are suffering,  not only does the Holy Spirit intercede for us, but Jesus Himself ever lives to make intercession for the saints (Romans 8:26-27, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25)

“But Harry, what about the times where God doesn’t come through?”

People who love God die of cancer. Marriages fall apart. Families are broken. And there are all sorts of other unspeakable sufferings where it doesn’t seem that God intervenes. But as Christians, we have to remember that in the end, there will be a homecoming.

A portion of the song “There will be day,” by Jeremy Camp, says it so well:

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more
fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more,
we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always”

Glory be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Responses

  1. HARRY: Once again you have given great insight
    into the outworking of His love and grace, which always yields such great hope because of the gift of righteousness/right standing He has bestowed on us in the Beloved Son in whom we now live as His inheritance. Christ in us is the hope of glory… It us our realization of being in Him that changes our paradigm to embrace that hope. Excellent thoughts and work my friend.

    Randy

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  2. Harry,

    Thanks for the reminder of God’s Faithfulness no matter how well we “perform” or do not “perform”.
    His Love is never about how well we, in our own minds, “do something right”. It all comes down to His Grace, His Love, His Death, and His Resurrection.

    Paul

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