The Lord spoke to me through His Word this morning in my time with Him. I felt compelled to share it so I pray this blesses and encourages you as it did me.
This morning I sat down for my quiet time with my cup of coffee and Bible. I didn’t really know what I was going to read but I opened it up where the bookmark was– Jeff must have stuck it in Psalms for something before. So, I began reading Psalm 107. I got to verses 28-31 and realized the Holy Spirit was speaking to me and it paralleled the message preached Sunday morning.
(and what is funny is that still half of this was revealed to me even as I was writing this post!)
Psalm 107:28-31 (NASB)
And He brought them out of their distresses.
29 He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then, they were glad they were quiet;
So He guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness.
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
The Psalm’s heading is called “The Lord Delivers Men from Manifold Troubles” — this past week I have felt just that way…that we have “manifold troubles”. This Psalm gives examples of men with troubles and the Lord saves them: those who wander in the wilderness were delivered, those who were taken prisoner were set free, those who were sick, were healed and those who were in the midst of storms, were guided.
In each of these, the Psalmist transitions from the troubles to God’s deliverance with the words “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses” and ends with “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men.”
What spoke to me first this morning, was the men in the midst of the storm. I can easily look at the circumstances around me and become overhwelmed by the storm’s crashing waves and tossing winds, which can easily take hold of me. But if I seek God… “cry aloud to Him”, He will cause the storm to be still, hush the waves and guide me to my “desired haven (vs 30).”
He will guide us to our desired haven. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Those desires in our heart…our “desired haven” is put in our heart by God. If God has put it there; He has promised it to us and we have to fight for it, cry aloud for it! It is amazing to me how God has taken a message preached Sunday morning that really encouraged us and later spoke so much more to me personally. This fits right in with the message about how Caleb had to go fight for the land that was promised to him (Joshua 14:6-15). “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). That is who we are fighting. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy our dreams, desires and promises. Just as Caleb fought for His promised land, we have to fight for ours!
We “give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness” even in the midst of the trouble because we know God is Good, sovereign and His Word says He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Like my pastor preached Sunday morning, God has put desires in our heart and there are things God has promised to us. Sometimes, we have to fight the enemy for those things. We have to fight through the storms and cry aloud to God. The men in the psalm, did not sit and do nothing while waiting out the storm, or wait in the wilderness for their land to be handed over to them, they “cried aloud to God in their trouble.” Cry aloud, za’aq, means “to announce, or convene publicly, make a cry out, come with such a company, gather together, cause to be proclaimed.” Let us boldly come together, and proclaim God’s promises in our life! Cry aloud the things that are yours, announce it!
The Psalm is concluded with “Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things; and consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.” This Psalm that speaks of God saving these men in their troubles is meant to be examples to our own circumstances. The psalmist is saying, if you are wise, you’ll consider this in your life.
I’m a very list-oriented person so it is natural for me to want to list all my problems, which leads me to complaining, negativity and despair. I cannot let myself do that! I have to fight against the enemy’s attacks. I thank God for his lovingkindness and the blessings I have in the MIDST OF THE STORM because I know He will deliver me to the promised land, to my desired haven! I have to BOLDLY walk in the promises of God and I will have the peace that surpasses understanding, God WILL prosper me as He says in Jeremiah. God WILL calm the storm.