DISPLAYS OF GOD'S STEADFAST LOVE

April 26, 2018

PSALM 107:1-22

 

We are going to go straight to the text today as we approach another Psalm.

As a helpful reminder, the beginning and end of a Psalm helps us to understand what the point of that psalm will be.

 

Theme: Oh give thanks to the LORD for He is good, for His steadfast love endure forever

Refrain (ending): whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

 

When you go through psalm 107, you will notice a pattern that develops:

 

A problem or sin that the people are in ---> People cry out ---> God saves ---> People respond in praise and thanks because of His steadfast or persistent love.

 

In this passage, there are three broad sections but we will only explore the first two to see how God displays God’s steadfast love towards His people.

 

4 Some wandered in desert wastes,

   finding no way to a city to dwell in;

5 hungry and thirsty,

   their soul fainted within them.

6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

   and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He led them by a straight way

   till they reached a city to dwell in.

8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

   for his wondrous works to the children of man!

9 For he satisfies the longing soul,

   and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

 

A display of God’s steadfast love is when he moves us from wandering insecurity to secured purpose. It states that some wandered in the desert places where they had no city to dwell in, hungry, thirsty, and that their soul’s fainted. When we try and find our security in the things in the world, we are in a state of wandering where all our efforts to search for the soul satisfying thing will only have us end up with nothing in the end. We can get a lot of things from the world but nothing in the world can satisfy the soul for the soul can only be satisfied in the one that created it.

 

When someone gets to the point of searching and realize that nothing satisfies when we take account of eternity, it is in this moment that the person is ready for the Lord.​The solution then is to cry out to God and draw near to His presence. From the place of being in God’s presence is where He leads us by the straight way. This means that the straight way He leads gives direction, purpose, intention. The solution may not be felt right away but in the end of our following, we will find everything that our hearts ever wanted that couldn’t be found in the wandering that occurred in the world.

 

The question that we have to ask ourselves is not if we want the purpose or the security but whether we are willing to be led? Are we willing to give up our rights to have the rights to be a child of God and experience the joy, security, purpose, and goodness of being with Him?

 

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,

   prisoners in affliction and in irons,

11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,

   and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;

   they fell down, with none to help.

13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

   and he delivered them from their distress.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,

   and burst their bonds apart.

15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

   for his wondrous works to the children of man!

16 For he shatters the doors of bronze

   and cuts in two the bars of iron.

 

Often times, our greatest enemy is ourselves. The people are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death because they are in chains of slavery to it and this is because they CHOSE this life! The mess that they are in is because of the rebellion that they chose when they rejected the commands of God and His guidance. If we we realize that what God asks from us is actually good because He is good, then things like death, oppression, and evil will not be so common in our world. Evil was introduced and persists because we in our free will consistently choose to not be led by God!

 

The solution is not less of God but more of God and when we believe that we can go a day with a little less of God than yesterday is  when we are going down a path where we will not just have a little less of God but none of God in our lives! When we cry out to God, we realize that life apart from Him is not worth living because there is no life apart from Him for He is the creator of life. Just like the first set of verses in today’s passage, the question we have to ask ourselves is if we are willing to be led by His steadfast love? If we want the salvation of God we must be led by God!

 

CONCLUSION

  • God leads us from wandering insecurity to secured purpose that brings joy because of His presence

  • God saves us from us by leading us.

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