Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summary

 43Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. 

Summary

As we come to the end of this magnificent Psalm, the writer gives us a summary of the first 42 verses. Whoso is wise, and will observe these theings, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Do you want to understand the Lord? Read Psalm 107. In review, to whom was this Psalm addressed?

Verses 1-3: The redeemed who were gathered from the North, the South, the East, and the West were encouraged to bless the Lord.

Verses 4-9: To the hungry and thirsty who wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, were encouraged to thank God who satisfied their longing soul and filled their hungry soul with goodness.

Verses 10-16: Those who were bound in afflictions and irons because they rebelled against the Lord were called to praise the Lord for when they called to Him in their trouble, He broke their bars of iron.

Verses 17-22: Fools, who because of their sins were afflicted, were called to praise the Lord and declare His wonderful works, for He delivered them from their troubles and distresses when they called to Him for help.

Verses 23-32: Those who traveled the seas and saw the wonders of God displayed when He stilled the angry waves as they cried out to Him in their distress, were called to exalt the Lord and praise Him in the company of the elders.

Verses 33-42: Those who, knowing that God turns the rivers into a wilderness and the barren ground into springs of water, and blesses the poor, were called to rejoice with the righteous when they saw God blessing the Godly.

Then, the Psalmist, in verse 43, calls those who are wise to observe these things, for in observing them they come to understand the loving kindness of the Lord their God. It is easy for us to live one day after another with hardly a thought toward God until troubling times come. Then, we cry out to Him to help us and save us from our distresses.

How much better is it when, in the middle of the good times, we call out to God in love and praise knowing that the good days are blessings poured out to us directly from Him. You see, we need God just as much when everything is going well, lest we forget and think that we are experiencing great fruitfulness and productiveness at our own hands.

When we forget, and begin to think too highly of ourselves, God graciously allows troubles to come upon us so that our hearts will be turned to Him. For it is God who blesses, and it is God who allows the difficulties to come. In doing so, God restores our hearts and souls into loving fellowship with Him until the day when we will be with Him forever. What a wonderful day that will be!

God Bless You,
Linda


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