"Summary" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verse 43. 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." 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!
"Silencing Sin" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 39 through 42. What effect does God's actions have on the righteous? The righteous see it, understand that God is demonstrating His love for the poor and faithful, and rejoice in the goodness of God. How do the unrighteous receive God's actions? God's actions have the effect of silencing sin: "And all iniquity shall stop her mouth." Remember that it is the duty of God to be silencing sin. Trust Him and live this day for His glory alone!
"God and Weather" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 33 through 38. What is the relationship between God and weather, or is there any? What used to be a standard preconceived notion is hardly even given any thought in our day. Weather is just weather, and God is just God. In the minds of most, there is no relationship between one and the other. Not so, according to the Psalmist, for he boldly proclaims, He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness. Why? For the wickedness of them that dwell therein. The psalmist is not afraid to profess a distinctive relationship between the sin of man and the resulting weather.
"Works in the Waters" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 23 through 32. The writer of Psalm 107 continues His declaration of God in nature as he considers God's works in the waters of the sea. No matter how large your boat or ship may be, you are quickly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the mighty seas, seas which can become angry and treacherous in the middle of a storm. Not so for God! One whisper from Him and the seas will become calm and placid, for the Lord controls even the great oceans and seas.
"The Healing Word" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 17 through 22. As we continue our Psalms Devotions, in our series called "First Love," we encounter the fool. This Psalm is not speaking of a person whose mental faculties are compromised, but rather a person whose spiritual faculties are compromised by sin. God, in His great mercy, afflicts the foolish in Psalm 107 to the point that all food is abhorrent to them. They are so sick that they are near the gates of death. To the fool who looks to God in their trouble and cries out to Him, God saves them out of their distresses. Not only does He restore them physically, but He restores them spiritually as well, by sending to them the healing Word.
"Broken Gates" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 10 through 16. Psalm 107, verses 10 through 13, describe our true state before a holy and righteous God. There is no hope, apart from God. There is no hope for the salvation of our family and friends apart from God. We may think we can be ever so persuasive, but is it God who saves. Even coming to the point of making a decision to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, requires an act of God. Apart from God the gates of brass will bind us forever. Whether we understood it or not, until we came to Christ, we were bound with chains, and sealed by a brass door, and there we would have remained forever. But the only evidence which remains are the broken gates of brass, and the severed chains of iron, shattered by God our Father.
"Deliverance" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 4 through 9. Psalm 107 is all about God's deliverance of His people in times of trouble. The years of wilderness wandering were tough years -- a tough 40 years. Plagued by hunger, thirst, and their own sins, God delivered them time and again. Never did they lose their way, for God led them by the right way that they might go to a city of habitation. Ultimately, God leads His children to an eternal city of habitation in heaven with Him, forever! What a great and awesome God. In a world filled with broken promises, God stands alone as the only One Whose Word is sure. What He has promised in His Word, He certainly will bring to pass.
"It's All about God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 107, verses 1 through 3. Our series of Psalms Devotions, titled "First Love" moves to Psalm 107. As I read through the entire Psalm today, and then reread the verses shown above, I thought, "It's all about God!" What is this life that God has given to us? Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is the bigger picture? It's all about God! It is not about the world and all of the pleasures we can experience. No pleasure on earth can come close in comparison to the grace, mercy, and love of Christ bestowed upon His people.
"Save, Gather, and Thanks" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 40 through 48. It has been a long trek through Psalm 106, but as we reach the end, the Psalm ends with the words, "Save, Gather, and Thanks!" "Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD."
"Defiled" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 34 through 39. The journey was long. 40 years they had traveled in the wilderness, but now, finally, the children of Israel reached their Promised Land. Was that the end of the story? Did they live happily ever after? Sadly, it was just the beginning of years and years of sin and disappointment. As persecution comes upon the church of God--and it will--we must pray that God will keep us strong and faithful to Him. What little we are called to suffer in this life is nothing compared to the joys that await us in God's glorious kingdom forever!
"Angry Obedience" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 32 and 33. As Psalm 106 continues the narrative of the sojourn of the children of Israel through the wilderness, just two verses of the Psalm are used to remind the readers of Moses' angry obedience and the dire consequences it held for him. What did God command Moses to do? How did Moses respond? God commanded Moses to speak to the rock, but, instead, Moses struck the rock twice with his rod. Let us remember that God is God, and we are not! By His grace, love, and mercy, may we find ourselves zealously obeying the Lord our God, even in the tiniest details.
"Righteous Indignation" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 28 through 31. Could it get any worse for the nation of Israel? Repeatedly they had sinned against the Lord their God, and now, as they were on the brink of going into the Promised Land they sinned yet again. The account is found in Numbers 25. God is righteous, pure, holy, and sinless, and demands the same of His children. Though we will always battle our sin nature on this side of heaven, we are called to slay sin in our own lives and cry out to God to help us to live a holy and pure life before Him.
"Darkest Hour" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 24 through 27. In perhaps its darkest hour yet, the unthinkable happened. The nation of Israel camped on the outskirts of the promised land, ready to move into the land God had provided for them. Twelve men were sent to spy out the land--one from each tribe. After 40 days they came back with their report. Two men, Joshua and Caleb, encouraged the people to go into the land, for God would protect them and give them victory over the inhabitants of the land. Yet, ten of the spies gave an evil report causing the children of Israel to murmur against Moses and Aaron.
"Envy" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 16 through 18. God hates the sin of pride, as well as its sister sin, envy! If you will remember the story to which the writer is referring you will recall that several of the Levites under the leadership of Korah, On, Dathan and Abiram rose up against Moses. Unfortunately, we are so accustomed to seeing pride and envy in others as well as ourselves, that we do not think it such a grievous sin at all, However, pride and envy is at the root of every rebellion. What we fail to realize is that our pride any envy is really against God Himself.
"God Was Forgotten" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 13 through 15. It was a sad day for the nation of Israel; God was forgotten--at least the miraculous deeds He had done were forgotten. Remember, this happened while God still lived among the nation in a cloud by day and a fire by night. How could they forget? We may not see the presence of God in a cloud by day or a fire by night, but we have the entire Word of God pointing us to God and proclaiming the great salvation purchased for us by Christ, the Lord, the Son of God and Son of Man. Yet, we forget!
"Then They Believed" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 6 through 12. Like Psalm 105, the writer of Psalm 106 continues his narrative of the children of Israel, remembering God's faithfulness to His people, and their continual forgetfulness of Him. At the time of the writing of this Psalm, both the Southern and Northern kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been taken captive. After rehearsing God's miraculous intervention at the Red Sea the psalmist tells us that, then they believed His words; then they sang His praise.
"See, Rejoice, and Glory" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 4 and 5. As the people of God, how do we respond to this wondrous God who brought salvation to us? As the psalmist tells us in Psalm 106, verse 5, as children of God we see, rejoice, and glory! We see the good of being His chosen, we rejoice in the gladness of His nation (true believers), and we glory with all of the saints of God from the beginning to the end of time.
"Who?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 106, verses 1 through 3. What nation ever worshiped a God who would take on the form of man, truly human, yet still truly God, and live among a people who despised and hated Him, so He could show them the true love of the Father? What nation ever served a God who would live among them with the sole purpose of dying a cruel death so that He could save a people from the eternal punishment due to them for their sins against Him?
"He Remembered" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 42 through 45. What lessons do we, as Christians, gain when we ponder God's marvelous works among His people? Just as God remembered His covenant with the Children of Israel, so God will continue to remember it, not only to the natural descendants of Abraham through his son, Isaac, but also to the Gentiles who have been brought into the fold of God.
"God Provides" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 37 through 41. As illustrated in Psalm 105, when God delivered His people, nothing was left out. Considering that the Israelites were slaves, despised by the Egyptian people, one would not have even considered the remote possibility that the Egyptians would heap treasures of silver and gold upon them, glad that they were leaving. Yet, that is exactly what happened. In other words, God did not simply bring His people out of the land of Egypt, He brought them out as a wealthy people, respected and even feared by the Egyptians. Covered by His cloud of protection by day and fire by night, no evil could possibly harm them.
"Devastation and Death" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 26 through 36. Our portion of Scripture from Psalm 105 today gives a quick summary of God's judgments upon the country of Egypt and the resulting devastation and death of the firstborn. The message clearly portrayed by these eleven verses is: God will bring judgment upon those who persecute His children.
"He" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 23 through 25. As we read the three short verses shown above from Psalm 105, we see that there is no doubt who is in control. God, years before the birth of Moses, was already planning for the return of His people to the Promised Land. As a matter of fact, even before Jacob and his entire family fled to Egypt to escape the famine, He had a plan in place to bring them back. By God's design Joseph, hated by his brothers, was sold by them into slavery, and was carried away to Egypt. Little did they know, this was all by God's plan. Joseph, accused falsely, was thrown into prison, but still remained faithful to God. Little did Joseph know that God had hand-picked him to bring his family into Egypt to escape a coming famine.
"Sent by God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 16 through 22. How does God work among His people? To answer that question we turn to the Old Testament, for in it we have a glowing example of God's interaction with the children of Israel. Psalm 105 gives us an abbreviated view of God's preserving His people during the time of Joseph, showing us that everything that happened to Joseph was ordered by God. It seems to take a lifetime for us to truly come the the acquiescence that our lives belong to God. The things of this life are meaningless in light of eternity. Only what is done for Christ will last!
"A Thousand Generations" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 7 through 15. How long is a thousand generations? There are varying opinions as to the length of a generation--between 20 and 100 years. If a generation is 20 years, 1000 generations is 20,000 years; if a generation is 100 years, then 1000 generations is 100,000 years. I do not think the psalmist actually had a specific number of years in mind when he wrote this Psalm, but was using a definite for an indefinite. In other words, God's faithfulness endures forever!
"Seek the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 105, verses 1 through 6. As we begin Psalm 105, the Psalmist calls all of God's children to "Seek the Lord" and His strength. What, in this life, can we possibly do successfully apart from the Lord? What, in our own personal lives is there that is so unimportant that God would not come to our aid? I wonder how many of us, as Christians, truly call upon the strength of the Lord in all we do? I wonder how many of us suffer untold troubles because we try to live our lives in our own strength?
"As Long as I Live" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 104, verses 33 through 35. I would call that overconfidence! I base my thoughts on the times in which we live, and on the state of God's church today. God's true church is spread out across this world in thousands and thousands of splintered congregations, and yet what affect do they really seem to be having on the ungodly of this age?
"The Trembling Earth" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 104, verses 31 and 32. What is it about God that elicits such a response from the earth and from its hills? Though scarred and broken by the effects of sin, the trembling earth still knows its Creator, and when its Creator peers upon it, it trembles with fear and excitement. The hills, when touched by the finger of God, smoke!
"Riches of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 104, verses 24 through 30. As we go about the duties of this day, let us pray that we will rest quietly in the hands of God, knowing that He orders all things. Let us not be filled with desire and greed for greater things, but let us rest in the riches of God. He is our Father, and He owns everything!
"Order" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 104, verses 14 through 23. When we begin our work, let us take a minute to stop and thank God for the work He has given to us to do. Let us also thank Him that He orders all of the forces of nature which work together to keep and dress this world. Let us also thank Him for the food which He provides. Two things are very clear in Psalm 104. First, God is a God of order! Second, man needs God!
"Earth is Satisfied" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 104, verses 10 through 13. What an amazing picture--the earth is satisfied! Can you not see the picture the psalmist paints? God, who created this glorious earth without the corruption of sin, watched in horror as the sin of man spread its dark poison throughout the entire earth. Was God undone? Was His creation beyond repair? Of course not! Even in its fallen state, God orders the natural realm of this earth.