Could your troubled heart use a reminder of some good news today? News of a God who shows steadfast love, even when it isn’t deserved? How about news of a Mighty King who graciously chooses to rescue and meet needs regardless of what has been done and a trustworthy promise that carries throughout the entirety of God’s Word that a plea for help in times of need will be met with the lovingkindness of a merciful Father? Man, I did need this good news. How about you?
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Psalm 107:1-3
Beloved, I know that many of us are facing a brutal reality that seems hopeless and unchanging. It’s so easy to plant our feet in the regret of mistakes and the pain of what’s been done and believe that because of it all, we are left out to dry. We aimlessly wander in defeat and desperation and forget whose child we are in the first place. We feel smothered by an imaginary checklist of being good enough to cover our sin or fix our problems in order to be delivered. Oh how wrong we are.
Christ’s love ran red so that we wouldn’t have to do anything to cover our sin. The blood stained forgiveness and grace has nothing to do with what we are capable of but everything that He is and has done. There’s no love or favor to be earned. There’s no help that only comes if we get it right. There’s no mercy withheld because we screwed it all up. Grace isn’t kept from us because we aren’t perfect. That jobs already taken. Duh.
Psalm 107 shows us four different circumstances that stink and seem all too familiar in this day and time. But the good news? We are shown that crying out for help and giving thanks for His redemption is the way to go.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. They they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. Psalm 107:4-9
I know what you are thinking, “but Melissa, come on now, I’m not wandering in desert wastes.” Let’s just see about that.
Feeling scattered in your relationships?
Not sure what your next move should be?
Staring at your last dollar in the bank and not sure what’s going to happen next?
Feeling lost and confused?
Lying awake at night in fear and exhausted from the weight of your choices?
I don’t know about you but often times I wander afraid in the desert trying to find my way out all on my own instead of simply turning to the Father and asking for help. We cry out to the LORD in our trouble and He will deliver us from our distress. He will guide us to where we need to go and we will find satisfaction in Him. It’s the truth. It doesn’t matter if we put ourselves in the desert or if we were led there, crying out for help as His children is met with His steadfast love. Believe it.
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron. Psalm 107:10-16
I can hardly stand it. Imprisoned and yet, doors of bronze and bars of iron shattered and cut for deliverance. How amazing is God’s love that even in our rebellion, He still hears our plea for help and saves us? Prisoners as a result of their rebellion against God and still, He delivers them from their distress. “But Melissa, I go to church every Sunday and I do my five-minute devotion everyday. I’m not rebellious or feeling imprisoned.” Let’s just talk about this for a second.
Are you harboring resentment and bitterness when Christ has told you to forgive?
Are you fulfilling your own plan or have you submitted to God’s authority?
Good stewards of finances? Leading your home spiritually?
Applying scripture to everyday life?
Trapped in bad habits, debt, or unreliable emotions?
See. Rebellion. We are all guilty. But let us sing praises to our Father above that even still, he is faithful to love, to rescue, and to deliver. Thank you God that there’s no rebellion too big that deliverance and freedom would be withheld. We thank you for your steadfast love.
Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of the iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! Psalm 107:17-22
Can you believe that not only did God heal these sinners bodies but He also delivered them to the Promised Land that they had been kept from because of their sinful ways? God is so good to His people. Deliverance is found when we turn to Christ for help. Satisfying steadfast love is found at the foot of the cross. What is it that you need to check your heart of today? Regardless of what you have done or are doing, God will forgive. God will rescue. God will deliver you. And then, praise His name.
Are you choosing an addiction over the strength of Christ?
Infidelity? Pornography? Stealing? Slandering?
Disrespect? Cheating? Gossiping? Pride? Selfishness? Laziness?
Go ahead, add to the list.
The good news? It’s all covered by the blood of the lamb and turning from our sin and repenting is all that is needed to experience deliverance and the fullness of His grace. Do it now. What are you waiting for?
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still., and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him tin the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. Psalm 107:23-32
Anybody else in need of the storm to be still and the crashing waves and winds to hush? Good news. We just have to cry to the LORD in our trouble and He will deliver us from our distress. Quiet waters, our desired haven, peace. All of it at the hands of our Father if we will just ask and believe. Anyone out there sea sick from the storm of life?
You know, wayward children and failing health?
Depleted bank accounts and church division?
Abusive relationships and unfair judgment?
Broken marriages and broken hearts?
Elections and polls?
You get it, right? Instead of moping in our troubled waters, let us rejoice in the hope that we have been promised in the steadfast love of God no matter what.
Friends, after all these words, we have to close our screens with two truths prevailing. One, no matter what our circumstances or how we got there, God is faithful to deliver when we cry out to him. It’s not about what we can do but what He has already done. Secondly, we always, always, always, have to thank the LORD for his goodness and mercy and the steadfast love that is shown just because He chooses to do so.
Whatever it is my friend, lift your eyes to the Maker of the Hills and believe Psalm 107 today. He is your deliverer and He will hear your cry for help. It’s not about finding your own way out of the pit but crying out to the One who’s waiting for you to ask anyway.