“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. – Amen
This is well known as a Psalm of praise declaring God’s mercy and power! (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.
“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NIV
My Kingdom minded brothers and sisters all over the world are praying for revival, for a great awakening, for the return of the prodigals and for the harvest to be reaped. It isn’t difficult to look around and know the signs of the time – as Jesus Himself said: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2 ESV). So no matter what you are calling it when you pray – this wave of the Holy Spirit is coming. We have and keep on asking – therefore it is coming. (see Matthew 18:18-20 below)
Let us be encouraged and remember what God has done for us and know there is more to come for us as well as other who will believe. We have been and are being gathered from everywhere and…
“4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.”
I have wandered in those wastelands of sin and depravity. Someone reached out and shared the good news of our savior with me so I was able to cry out to the Lord and be delivered! Remember and pray for those who were used by God to reach you for Him. And always share the gospel in hopes of reaching someone at the moment they need Jesus the most.
Do you recall what it was like?
I was hungry and I could eat anything and everything yet nothing would satisfy. Only the sweet words of our Lord Jesus can satisfy the hunger.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 NIV
Thirsty? I was so thirsty and nothing quenched my thirst. I drank alcohol in excess, yet was left thirsty for more. And Jesus said: “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV
Do you still feel like you are in the wasteland? Like your life is defeated? Are you unsatisfied and lost? It is very possible to be a Christian and feel this way or partially this way. It means you have wandered a little off course – let Him draw you back. And if you do not have a current relationship with Christ, He loves you and you also can be satisfied. Verse 6 says to cry out to God – let’s all do that. If this prayer is for you or for another reader, it does not matter, please everyone say this prayer out loud in agreement with the other readers. (God is outside of time and space – we can agree together whenever we are each reading this.)
Lord Jesus – we cry out to you in our troubles. Some of us have small troubles and some of us have larger ones, but it doesn’t matter the size of the trouble as it says here that when we cry out you deliver us from distress! Thank you Jesus for your salvation which saves me now from this trouble! Lead me Lord, straight way to where I should be as this verse promises you will. Please forgive me for pursuing my plans and trying to satisfy and fill my void with food, drink or other things and not seeking you first. The Bible says you love me so much will save me if I just believe and ask. It also says you will satisfy me, so please Lord, satisfy me. I believe and ask! Thank you Lord! In the name of Jesus – Amen
Please do me a favor and start paying special attention to the word ‘deliverance’ in the Bible. Deliverance is salvation and freedom and liberation and healing and demons cast out and all the works that the Bible says follows those who believe in Christ. Deliverance is for today. Who the son sets free is free indeed!
Now let us praise the Lord as we enter his courts with praise!
“8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Yes, Lord, we thank you and praise you. You love us. You have performed wonderful deeds for us. You have provided for us – you fill us Lord – Thank you and praise you!!
Now, back to Psalm 107 – God gathered us from everywhere…..
“10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, 11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. 12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.”
Here is a little cause and effect: Because I disobeyed God (rebellion) I experienced the effect of sitting in darkness, being a prisoner, and being bound by chains. I suffered bitter labor and stumbled without help. This is a biblical principle. If you are experiencing any of these effects – look to see if you are being disobedient in some area. This is not a trial or a test – it is a rule that God put in place. Like the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) – the wages of disobedience is darkness, bondage and hopelessness. BUT…
“13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. 15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.”
AMEN!!! Praise you Lord Jesus!!!
All God wants is us to turn to Him, rely on Him and let Him love on us!!! So a simple call out to Him and He hears us! He immediately saves us from our distress. Like this – say the following prayer out loud with me, everyone in agreement:
Lord, save me from my distress! Bring me out of darkness! Break away any chains from me! I acknowledge I have been disobedient by [insert personal disobedience], and Lord I repent from it. Help me to stand in my freedom and not get ensnared again! Please Lord, do as your word says! In the name of Jesus – amen
And right at this very moment as we pray it the Lord is breaking down gates of bronze and cutting through bars of iron to rescue, deliver and save you!! That is right, God is coming for you! I can tell you with 100% confidence. Because it is written right here in Psalm 107! You are delivered!
Say it out loud: I AM DELIVERED!
“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:18-20 ESV
Well, brothers and sisters, I am gathered here with you in spirit, and therefore God is among us. Whatever we ask, according to His scriptures – our Father in heaven will do it! It is written.
Heavenly Father, we pray that you loose stronghold and set captives free. God, you sent your only son to us so we may have deliverance. Free us from our troubles as we turn to you humbly with repentant hearts. – amen
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV
Walk freely in your relationship with Christ. Draw near to Him. He loves you and wants you to be free.
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