Good morning to all! Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are discussing God's redemption, and if we have been redeemed these words will testify within ourselves through our own circumstances. We are going to read His message about His redeeming work from Psalm 107.
Before be begin speaking directly about Psalm 107 first I would like to tell you about my Lord Jesus Christ and let you know that through all God's work through the cross, and when we receive Him from the cross we are all redeemed by His work in us. God tells us about all kinds of natural people in their different circumstances in Psalm 107 that he has arranged so he can redeem them from them. All these circumstances he still creates for us today in our lives that he too will redeem us from so we will give him the glory and praise, and he continues repeating this reason for our redemption over and over again. When he does redeem you there will be a saving love, mercy and grace in us that we cannot help to praise. At some point in all of our lives there is a part of each of us in Psalm 107. Through our lives God will prove that these circumstances will come, and he will redeem us if we have faith in His Son, and give all of ourselves to him. We will continue to cry out to God in all circumstances and relationships in our lives. He is the one we go to, call out too, and truly believe in to receive all that God has for us through His drawing gift of the Holy Spirit of truth. For us to be delivered from the sin within ourselves God will use all things for us to turn to him for him to be able to save us and give him the glory for it. That is the most important message today is God will show mercy to all who call out to him! Now let us begin discussing Psalm 107 and it's amazing message for all to hear, and be saved by his redeeming power!!
Psalm 107:1-3 Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so- who he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
First God tells us those who have been redeemed from the Lord they will give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his mercy endures forever and they know this and say this because they have been redeemed. He gives mercy to all who call on Him! Those who have been redeemed from the Lord will act like it, say it thank him, and praise him for it! Then through these amazing words God proves how His redemption is proven through all his redeeming work on earth for all mankind he has gathered from the lands, east, west, north and south. That covers all directions on the earth, and let us see who and why they are redeemed, and the many ways he did it then, and still does it now.
v4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
v5 Hungry and thirsty their soul fainted in them.
v6 Then they cried into the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
v7And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
v8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
v9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
This is the pattern of Psalm 107 through out it's message, first we "wander" from birth and circumstances in all kinds of directions throughout our life depending on what we are taught from a early age and what we learn on our way. Then our souls will "hunger and thirst" for him and we will "faint" wandering in all kinds of directions from lack of his presence.
We may wander right into his arms and "cry out to the LORD" at an early age knowing that our souls hunger and thirst only for him, and know he will deliver us from all of our distresses. We can cry out to the LORD at any age! This of course depends on if we hear and believe the words we are being taught, and the right words and the "right way" we are being taught. He is the only one that can keep us from wandering in the wilderness, and bring us to a place within ourselves that his peace only dwells in.
To get to that place within ourselves we have to go to the Cross, Jesus Christ is the only "right way". We have to give ourselves, our sinful natures, and all of our cares of this world to Him in faith so he can prove his deliverance for us. We do not get to this place on our own works only through faith in Him putting His works in us. Only through faith in Christ do we receive the presence of Christ. Then when we cry out in faith to our Father through our LORD Jesus Christ where ever we are, no matter how old we are, and how far we have wandered in the wilderness our Father will deliver us!!! We are all in the wilderness and stay in the wilderness without God through the cross of Christ. He is the only way, truth and life to know God.
Why do we wander, and who gives us the spirit to wander, and be rebellious? Would we know his power, and would we would know how to praise him for his delivering power if we did not wander? Would we know he is the only one that satisfies our hunger, or thirst if we were not hungry or thirsty for him? Would we know how to "praise" him if we did not need saving or for him to deliver us from our rebellion? Would we know he is our deliverer if we did not need him to deliver us? God tells us why he formed us to be wanderers, to be rebellious, and hungry, to be prideful and thirsty, and to faint from all of our wandering. "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness." He wants us to "praise him" for his goodness, and for his wonderful works that he gives to the children of men from saving us from ourselves, Satan and the world. Without him saving us or delivering us from all we are, and all we face, we would not praise him because we would have any need to.
v10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron
v11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High.
v12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
v13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
v14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
v15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
This again tells us natural men are formed in "darkness" and the shadow of death, for we are made out of dust being bound in "affliction" they are the irons that hold us. The reason is our rebellious nature that is in all men continually fights against God and we do not turn to his words in our natural human state. Because we are in this rebellious state within our natural human nature, he brought us down and made us fall to where we had no one to help us up, but him.
We then cry out to the LORD in our state of darkness and the shadow of death and our Lord "saves" us by his blood sacrifice on the cross and our sins are forgiven. He brought us out of darkness, and out of death now through the Son we can live forever we are free. The word sunder means to brake away, to make free.
Why again does God do this for children of men? "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! He again wants men to praise him because of who he is and the love he wants them to know willingly and to be thirsty for.
v17 Fools because of their transgression and because of their iniquities, are afflicted
v18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
v19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
v20 He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction's
v21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
God tells us natural men and women become fools because of our transgression, and iniquities; we are all afflicted and made fools through our own wisdom. We begin to hate all other things that use to satisfy us. Our wisdom in the way we live becomes despised and begins to have no real answers that satisfy us. This means all other things that we think fills our souls we begin to detest because we are not getting our proper food that our souls need and desire.
Then we cry to our LORD and Father through Jesus Christ and he sends his message that saves us. Jesus is God's word, he was with God and the Word was God in the very beginning. (John:1-2) We then get the understanding of God's holy word through Jesus Christ and His wisdom becomes what our souls need and desperately want.
Why again does God give men His Son His living Word to save them? Oh that man would praise the LORD for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
v23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters:
v24 These see the works for the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
v25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
v26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
v27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
v28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
v29 He maketh the storm a clam, so that the waves thereof are still.
v30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringheth them unto their desired haven.
v31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
We all do some service "business" for God through a job for mankind or from a personal calling for a ministry work of service for the Lord. We all can do great business in many great ways for mankind and "God will command" many storms that lift problems and test us so high it may seam they mount up to heaven and go down to the depths of hell. Our souls will begin to "melt" because of the trouble all around us. We may "reel to and fro" wondering what is best for ourselves, and others we may be leading. We become unstable and not sure of all we do. Sometimes we may feel we are staggering through life as a "drunken man" in our minds from this dizziness of life through our work, and all it's waves coming one after another. We have come to our wit's end. We have come to the end of what we can do, where we should go and how to lead.
Then we will cry to the LORD in our trouble, and he will bring us out of our distress. He will still the storm, our souls will find rest in him. The waves of trouble will be silenced by His power and grace of his whisper. We are glad of this quietness he brings to our soul and he brings us where we desired to be. Why again does he do this for children of men? Oh that men should praise him for his goodness, and for his wonderful work to the children of men!
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men who call out to him! Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders for what he has done!!
v33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the water springs into dry ground
v34 A fruitful land into barreness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
v35 He turnith the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into water springs.
v36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitations; v37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
v38 He blesseth them also, so that thy are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
v39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. v40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where their is no way.
v41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
v42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
v43 Whoso is wise, and will ponder these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the LORD.
As we finish up with with Psalm 107 God tells us who he is and what he does again, he does all things and arranges all things for us to know his love for us and to praise him for it! And if we do know his love we will praise Him from all that he proves he is within us and all around us. Let us see through these last words who he is and what he does.
He can turn any river into a wilderness, and all springs into dry ground. He also can turn us into dry human beings by all circumstances in our lives, because he wants us to be thirsty for him. He can also turn a fruitful land into a barren land for their fruit, and abundance is not coming from him but from evil desires of the wicked that dwell there.
He also can turn a wilderness into standing water, and dry ground into water springs. There the hungry for him will dwell so they can prepare a city to live in. This would be people that are truly hungry for him. In this land people are hungry and cry out to him, sow his fields, and plants his vineyards, which will always yield fruits of increase. He also will bless these that are hungry for him so they will multiply greatly, and will not suffer from their cattle decreasing. This means these people will have all they need as they grow in him, and has he multiplies the hungry for him through them, and they will have all they need to share with others.
All of us who depend solely on him will grow praising him for his mercy and love that is shown through his provision for all they have within and all around them. These people will show mercy to others as he did to them. They will prosper spiritually and physically in all ways as they grow in Christ and works out what he grows in them. He will prove his power in multiplying people praising him, and his love.
As this happens we see some will diminish again because of their high positions of prosperity have given them the wrong attitude. They begin to think that they provide all things for themselves, and often cause others to be more poor because of their greed in keeping more than they need. This he calls the "princes" or the "nobles" that get rich and prosper while others are oppressed and made poor through the princes and nobles keeping more than the need. Again God shows contempt through prosperity because they become to prosperous within themselves with haughty eyes thinking they are something they are not. He makes them wander in the wilderness where there is no way.
God also sees the poor that the princes or the noble has oppressed, and out of their known poverty of spirit and meekness they will cry out to the Lord. They are those that know the LORD Jesus Christ provides them with all they have. He then sets them on high through Christ, and gives them an abundant life, and a flock to take care of.
Who does God tell us that will see all these things God does through Christ our LORD, and who will be the wise man that receives his wisdom from the Spirit of his Son? Doesn't our LORD say it is those that have faith in Him, and call out to him that receive His righteousness. Doesn't he say they are the ones that are truly only righteous from what he gives them of himself, and many blessings no one can count. They are not prideful or haughty eyed; they are humble in His presence as his children wanting to be taught by Him. They are willing to follow their Shepherd where ever he leads by only depending on him providing them within, and all things around them to share with others. There will be no boasting about themselves among these people only about him, and who he is. He then tells us if anyone observes these things they shall receive his understanding of the loving kindness of the LORD.
Today how do you ponder these words, what he is telling you about yourself and about who he is? Have you received the mercy, love and kindness from our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ? Can your life testify that he has given you all things within yourself which provide his fruit of righteousness, and grace? Can people see no decrease in your provision because you are willingly to share with all the children of men? Do you praise him for all he is in your life, and for the world? My hope is that you will find Him, and yourself in who he is within you through this amazing message he gives us through Psalm 107. May his mercy for us be known, and his love and mercy for us endure forever! Amen