“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.” Psalm 107:1-3 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father – First Lord, we want to thank you for your goodness. We enter your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts – so we thank you for all that you have and are doing! We pray for the people of this world. Please continue to awaken and refresh those who know you and help us spread the gospel message to those who do not. Open their ears to hear and eyes to see and their understanding so they may obey you. And please continue to teach us to abide in your ways. We pray this again today, in the name of Jesus – Amen
This well-known Psalm of praise declaring God’s mercy and power is continuing to be our passage to study. (Unless otherwise noted all quotes in this post are from Psalm 107 in NIV.) This Psalm encourages us to tell our testimony and share all the things the Lord has done. He has redeemed us (those who have accepted His redemption) and gathered us from everywhere.
We are gathered – God is calling us all out of our comfort zones to gather again. He is calling many to lead the outreach – as He pours His spirit over the earth again. We learned from where we were all called from and now I ask that you pray with me:
Dear Father God, Gather us again, both Jew and Gentile, from all over the earth. Deliver those who need to be delivered from there disobedience, rebellion, bondages and prisons, free them from food issues and illnesses. Lord, please pour out grace in good measure to help their unbelief. Bring back the prodigals (my son, my dear friend and my sister as well as all the prodigals represented by the people reading this). Call them back into a relationship with you – transform them. Do a miraculous work in them we pray. Lord save the lost – so many are so lost, please save the lost. Please use us to help you deliver them. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
First we studied how God has delivered us from an unfulfilled and unsatisfying life in the wastelands. Then we read about how God delivers us from disobedience and the bondages that come with being disobedient. And we praise God – we thanked God – and with a repentant heart we worshiped God in our act of praying for ourselves and others. Yesterday we studied more about the effects of rebellion and disobedience – we learned about how that and food choices can cause illness. We also prayed for healing. Then we learned even more about trials and a little about having little faith and learning slowly.
Before we continue where we left off, remember these lessons and have compassion on those who are coming into the kingdom. As we pray for others to be saved, let us not forget to ask for deliverance for the areas in our own lives that hinder us and hold us back.
In Psalms 107 after God was delivering and gathering people from everywhere and telling us about it, He add this section that seems like a series of consequences – perhaps blessings and curses.
“33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, 34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.”
This is a consequence of NOT crying out to God. I know because I was in the wasteland and we saw at the beginning of the chapter that God called people out of the wasteland. The ones who were hungry and thirsty were lost and unfulfilled there.
“35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; 36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. 37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; 38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.”
Hallelujah!! This friends is a blessing! In verse 7 He promises us water, flowers, a home, work and food, a fruitful life, with blessings and increases!
Thank you Jesus, as we know these blessings are for us as well, as long as we are gathered with you and not wandering off we have the confidence that you will provide and do so abundantly. –Amen
“39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; 40 he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.”
And here is another consequence or curse on the wicked. Often time in the Old Testament we see God lay things out very clearly – God give them their choices by saying serve me and I will bless you or don’t serve me and these are the things that will happen to you. Yet people so many times still choose the evil. So here we see that the hardships will fall on those who do not turn to the Lord – who do not cry out to be delivered.
“41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. 42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.”
Healing, increases, and blessings to the upright! Rejoice (and of course, make sure you are on the right side of these blessings). Then they follow with one final curse of the wicked – their mouths will be shut.
Well, what does that mean? Let us pull open the Strong’s and learn some Hebrew:
קָ֣פְצָה (qā·p̄ə·ṣāh) – ‘shuts’ means to draw together, close, to leap, to die
פִּֽיהָ׃ (pî·hā) – ‘its mouth’ means the mouth, edge, portion, side, according to
Since we already know the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) then this could very well mean to die in their portion. And literally (although this translation says the wicked) the original Hebrew is “all iniquity” – “Sins shall die in their portion” is a correct translation. It would be much sweeter if it meant the wicked were finally silenced especial when we are all subject to so many people who are running around flapping their mouths used of by the father of lies. And it could mean just that as well, but it could also be so much worse. They are cursed to death.
Now as you grow in the Lord, you begin to love even your enemies. So when you read this, you cannot help but say – wait, Lord!!! Maybe, just maybe, that one can be saved as well? Or, at the least, do not translate it with death but translate it to mean they are silenced. Never the less it stands as a strong threat. We should pick our sides (hint, hint, choose life!!).
“43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.”
I am not wise, I pray for wisdom. Who really can say they are wise? So in order to behave in a wise way and maybe gain some wisdom – I will heed these things and should spend some time today thinking about the loving deeds of the Lord. How great He is! Amazing that He already made a plan for us in trouble and when we wander off and His plans are always for deliverance and restoration. As you meditate on these things watch your spirit swell and overflow with thanksgiving, praise and worship.
When we have friendships or even romantic relationships, we like to spend quality time with those people. I know I have certain things I like to do with certain people. And I have certain people who like to do certain things with me. For example, I have quite a few friends who love to play board games. I won’t get into my whole game theory, but I will simplify it by saying it is never my choice of activity. But I find when I do something they enjoy, I am blessed with quality time with them that I enjoy as well, because I enjoy them.
Likewise, God’s favorite thing to do with us is to have us thinks about His goodness, thank Him, praise Him and worship Him. Trust me when I say – you will be abundantly blessed by the activity – and He promises blessing beyond the activity for spending time meditating on Him. Beside, is there a better way to spend quality time with someone you are I a relationship with?
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