“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.
Yesterday we read about 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. What a full study! Let us continue where we left off.
In Psalms 107 God was delivering and gathering people from everywhere and telling us about it…
“17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. 18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.”
Rebellion and disobedience, as we saw yesterday causes darkness and bondage – Here we see it also causes affliction, which is another word for sickness. They are foolish according to this verse.
Verse 18 required a bit of digging and studying. Some versions say their “souls abhorred all manner of food”. So part of this is the carnal soul rejecting the Word of God which is spiritual food.
The word food – well, it is not common these days that people reject food, or is it?
Dictionary.com defines food as something that supplies nourishment to organisms. Since I am in the United States, I have a different perspective than others around the world. I know what we are taught about food here and I also know how the rest of the world sees our ‘food’. To tell you the truth, most (not all) people in the US do not know, understand or even care about this – the majority of food in our country is poison and not food (not suppling nourishment). Many people here do not know that our ‘food’ is banned in most foreign countries or has to be made differently because the chemicals used to make it are banned in other countries. We die of obesity because our bodies cannot process the junk they are pumping into it. I know many people who can go weeks and weeks without eating anything that has not been processed with chemicals and sugar. We die of many illnesses and chronic conditions our doctors cannot fully understand – yet not many recommend cutting the processed foods out of our lives. As a nation we are foolish and sick. I cannot help but draw conclusions based on the verse above. We need to stop rebelling against eating the natural foods God created to sustain us.
Another type of loathing food is anorexia, bulimia and some of the fad diets, or even depression or stress can make someone not want to eat. And it is very true that disobedience to Christ can cause some serious self-loathing which will turn someone from food in those ways.
Regardless of IF it is spiritual food, junk food, or the absence of food – rebellion still causes sicknesses, and it is not always food related but it is sometimes food related.
Are you sick today?
Are you disobedient or rebellious in some area of your life or with your food?
First – Let us make sure we haven’t missed any steps here. I would rather be abundantly cautious than to accidently mislead you or cause the full work of the Lord to not be complete. You see, I believe in Jesus Christ. He is the son of the only God; He came to earth as a baby lived and ministered here – saving people, casting out demons, and healing. He died on a cross – for our deliverance, salvation from eternal damnation, healing and to restore the ability for people to be able to have a relationship again with God through Him. He rose from the dead and now resides in Heaven at God’s right hand. His work is continued through His true followers. People are still healed, demons are still cast out, the dead are still raised to life and He is still a living and loving God who personally helps us in all our ways with individual care and concern for us each. He has given us enough grace to believe – once we believe our faith grows and we grow through having a relationship with Him. I can assure you, I have experienced Jesus and God – this is the truth and I believe.
So first – believe.
Then, the bible says “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV) Therefore, you need to forgive others.
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 like we did yesterday.)
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to be forgiven – please help me forgive those who have hurt me, treated me unfairly and anyone I hold bitterness against. Help me forgive [insert names]. Lord I also pray for help forgiving myself. And I am sorry if I hold anything against you Lord – I forgive you as well. Please give me the strength to go to anyone I need to – to let them know I forgive them and restore the relationships you want restored. In the name of Jesus I pray – amen.
Now, back to Psalms 107: we have rebellion and we aren’t eating right and we are sick and dying. On to verse 19…
“19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”
It says to cry out to God – let’s all do that. Again, together in agreement in the spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father – I pray for forgiveness of rebellion and disobedience. I am sorry for my participation in any rebellious or disobedient act – please help me turn from those things and be obedient to you. Lord, I am sorry for my unhealthy eating habits – forgive me if I hate nourishment please deliver me from my foolishness. Please give me a healthy enjoyment of nourishment. Help me to make wise choices about food and avoid the things that can cause health issues. Help me surrender this area of my life over to you for guidance and freedom. Lord I also apologize and ask forgiveness for self-loathing and body issues that cause unhealthy eating practices. You have fearfully and wonderfully made me and love me – help me grow in you to be restored to who you created me to be and help me forgive and love myself through the process as you love me. And Lord, I am sorry and please forgive me for anything that I have done to cause depression, anxiety or other issues causing me to not eat healthy. Now Lord, as I repent from my participation in this foolishness (as it is called here in this passage) I ask for healing in accordance with Psalm 107:19 – You say in this verse you saved them from their distress when they cried out and I am crying out and believing I am saved. It is also written you sent your word and healed them – Jesus is the word and by His sacrifice I am healed – I claim these verses and believe you have rescued me from the grave! Thank you lord for your healing! Thank you for your help to eat right. Thank you Lord from delivering me from foolishness! I praise you! – In the name of Jesus, Amen
“21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. 22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.”
So many times we read and miss the practical applications – We see here the joy and praise is spontaneous and strong as David is writing about God delivering people from evil and blessing them with healing! We have that healing! We are healed! We all need healing so badly in the world. And it is hear in Christ if you repent.
God loves us so much He has already provided for it, long before we have asked, long before we were even born. We no longer make sacrifices on alters to the Lord, but we can sacrifice unhealthy eating habits – we can sacrifice time and energy to obey and study the word – we can make other sacrifices for God.
We have been given the authority to heal in the name of Jesus. Healing is promised in both the Old and New Testaments. Healing is part of the restoration God is working on – He never intended us to suffer from sickness or desease.
“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,” Luke 9:1 ESV
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 NKJ
Healing and health is a benefit of having a relationship with God through Christ Jesus. “Stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ has made you free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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