Psalm 107:1-32 shows us that problems come to everyone. Four examples are given. The wanderer, the prisoner, the fool, and those who are in a storm. How these problems were dealt with, will be our study this week.
The Psalmist begins with a reminder that the Lord is good, merciful, redeemer, and gatherer for His redeemed people.
“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.”
The Bible has many references to the characteristics of God. Here we see that He is good.
“To say that God is good means that God always acts in accordance to what is right, true, and good. Goodness is part of God’s nature, and He cannot contradict His nature. Holiness and righteousness are part of God’s nature; He cannot do anything that is unholy or unrighteous. God is the standard of all that is good.” (www.gotquestions.org/God-is-good.html)
His mercy endureth forever. God’s unmerited favor.
He has enough to go around. This phrase is used 35 times in the Bible.
“God’s mercy means His pity, compassion, and kindness toward people. His mercy shows up in the believer’s life at salvation, and then God continues to show mercy in forgiveness. Mercy triumphs over judgment but refusing God’s mercy is disastrous.” (Dawn Wilson, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer)
He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
Redeem is wider in its application than ransom, and means to buy back, regain possession of, or exchange for money, goods, etc.: to redeem one’s property. To ransom is to redeem a person from captivity by paying a stipulated price, or to redeem from sin by sacrifice: to ransom a kidnapped child. (www.dictionary.com)
And gathered them…
Gathered means bring together and take in from scattered places or sources.
So knowing all these things about the Lord, we should give Him thanks. The question is, “Do we?” We know who God is and what He has done for us through our salvation, but do we ever sit back and contemplate how great a God we serve. If not, we should.
We owe our very existence to God. Without His mercy, love, and compassion, we would still be unsaved and headed for an eternity in hell.
Tomorrow, we will begin our study of the four problems and how each was dealt with.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001