Friday, 5 August 2011

Faithful Love Endures Forever!

So I’m sitting contemplating this morning with my Bible open at Psalm 107. The page heading says “BOOK FIVE, Psalms 107-150”. The Psalms have a general theme of praise and petition, but really there’s so much to say that it must be broken up into five separate books!

Psalm 107 is a favourite of mine that I first truly discovered many moons ago whilst being extracted from a pit of despair. I like it because it lists several different scenarios but the Lord in His great love delivers the troubled. Check it out.

107 starts out telling people to “Give thank to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Get to verse 4 and the first scenario begins.

 4 Some wandered in the wilderness,
      lost and homeless.
 5 Hungry and thirsty,
      they nearly died.
 6 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he rescued them from their distress.
 7 He led them straight to safety,
      to a city where they could live.
 8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 9 For he satisfies the thirsty
      and fills the hungry with good things.

Verse 10 shows the next situation.

10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
      imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
 11 They rebelled against the words of God,
      scorning the counsel of the Most High.
 12 That is why he broke them with hard labour;
      they fell, and no one was there to help them.
 13 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
 14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;
      he snapped their chains.
 15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze;
      he cut apart their bars of iron.

The following set shows only a slight change in circumstances to the second. Rebellion seems to reap rewards no matter where it goes!
 17 Some were fools; they rebelled
      and suffered for their sins.
 18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food,
      and they were knocking on death’s door.
 19 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
 20 He sent out his word and healed them,
      snatching them from the door of death.
 21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
      and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

These guys found themselves in an unforeseen state of affairs not of their own making:

 23 Some went off to sea in ships,
      plying the trade routes of the world.
 24 They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action,
      his impressive works on the deepest seas.
 25 He spoke, and the winds rose,
      stirring up the waves.
 26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens
      and plunged again to the depths;
      the sailors cringed in terror.
 27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards
      and were at their wits’ end.
 28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
 29 He calmed the storm to a whisper
      and stilled the waves.
 30 What a blessing was that stillness
      as he brought them safely into harbor!
 31 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 32 Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation
      and before the leaders of the nation.


From where I stand, no matter where you are or how thick in the mud you found yourself, God hears when we call on His powerful Name and ask for help. Imagine one of your kids calling to you from outside the house, “Mum, Dad—HELP ME!”

One thing’s for sure. You’re not going to decide on how much you love them before you act, and you’re not going to see if their bedroom’s tidy first. You will RUN to get to your kid and save them from whatever’s making them scream because you love them.

 42 The godly will see these things and be glad,
      while the wicked are struck silent.
 43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
      they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.

And verses 1 and 2 again?

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
      His faithful love endures forever.
 2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
      Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.

This Psalm is pretty much a story of exiles, and in some form or another we’ve experienced exile in life whether we admit to it or not.

Remember: Whether you’re wandering, stuck after rebellion, or simply finding yourself in a predicament you never asked for, no matter what situation you’re in you can sincerely cry out, “Lord, help!”and know that He will respond. When He has saved you, tell people. That’s what you call a testimony.

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