Psalms 107:7



Psalms 107:7-9, “And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

        The Bible says God is love. The Bible does not say God is wrath. Of course God gets angry at sin. But because God is love we can expect him to do many wonderful works and fill our lives with much goodness. Psalms 107 is going to talk about the wonderful works and goodness of God.  In talking about the wonderful works of God mostly what is going to be talked about its God’s judgments and the way Jesus works in peoples hearts to turn them from sin to him.

        Psalms 107:10-43 says, “Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

We just read through Psalms 107. As said before reading it Psalms 107 talked about the wonderful works and goodness of God. Mostly what was talked about is God’s judgments and the way Jesus works in peoples hearts to turn them from sin to him.

Psa 107:43 says, “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD

If you look out at the world around you you can observe the lives of other people and you can see for yourself what God is doing in their hearts and in their lives to turn the sinner from self righteousness to the righteousness of Christ. A wise person is a person who is always in tune to God’s gospel work in the world and who always recognizes the great lovingkindness of God in the work that Jesus is doing.

Psalms 108:1-3 says, A Song or Psalm of David. O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.”

It is important to praise God and not just to praise Him but to do so around other people. Why? Because the things you do and say effect and influence other people. One of the great ways of being a testimony to the lost of the world is by sharing your praises of God.

Talking about Jesus and the great things He has done should be part of normal every day conversation. It doesn’t have to sound like a sermon to say, “The Lord Blessed me Today.”

How else are the lost people of the world who are blind and ignorant of the truth going to have the opportunity to learn about the great works of grace that God does for them?

Psalms 108:4 says, “For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.”

Considering how merciful God is it is a strange thing that so many people accuse Jesus by saying, “The way of the Lord is not equal.”  The truth anyone who accuses God of being unmercifully is probably doing so to justify their own sinfulness.

Jesus gave his own life. Jesus suffered a cruel death. Jesus was innocent and without sin and yet he suffered the punishment for your sins and the sins of all the world. In thinking about this truth how can anyone dare accuse God of being unmerciful.

Mankind is unmerciful. God is merciful. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

All men are sinners. Men are weak. We are not stronger than our own sinful flesh. That is why we need the Spirit of God inside us to empower us, to enable us to do what is right. Because we are so sinful we can expect to fail from time to time even when we do our best. Therefore we should always keep in mind how merciful God is. God has endless storehouses of mercy to be handed out to those who come penitently seeking His mercy. Jesus will never refuse to give out his mercy to t hose who seek it. After all Jesus suffered and died so that he can freely give out his mercy.

Psalms 108:5, “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth

Some human beings have the desire to increase, to increase in their name, to increase, in their fame, to increase in who they are and there is nothing wrong with such a desire. But in the end it is God, Jesus Christ who will be exalted above all.

Psalms 108:6, “That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me

    The greatest benefit to God being exalted is deliverance. The Bible says of Jesus in Philippians 2:6-10, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

After Jesus completed His work on the cross, defeating death and sin and rising from the grace He was exalted. There is no greater exaltation given than that which is given to Jesus. Therefore we can see how deliverance and exaltation go together. God is all powerful therefore God should be exalted. The more that he is exalted the more sinners will have the opportunity too see the power of his deliverance.

To exalt means to lift up to set on High. Jesus was lifted up on the cross and lifted up from the grave all the way to the very throne of heaven. That is where Jesus is now sitting his throne ruling the universe with his great power.

Psalms 108:7-13 says, “God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies

Because God is all powerful, He controls and He decides. He decides which kingdoms will rule which lands. He decides which kingdoms will rise up and which will fall. Because God is all powerful He should be exalted. Because Jesus is all powerful He can have mercy.

Psalms 109:1-4 says, “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer

If you follow Jesus then those that are against Jesus will be against you. They will use the power of the tongue against you. They will lie about you. They will hate you for loving Jesus. The best way to handle this kind of adversity is to pray. Ask and ye shall receive. With God all things are possible. Pray to Jesus to deliver you from evil and to not lead you into temptation and He will.

Psalms 109:5-15 says, “And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.”

These verses list the many consequences which will happen to those whom persecute God’s children. The consequences are not light but they are grievous. There will be no mercy for such people. They will be given over to the devil who will devour them. And their memory will be cut off from the earth. God loves His children very much. Jesus died for them. Jesus blood covers them. And God is a jealous God. Such people would be wise to repent of their sins and seek mercy from God before it is too late for them.

The ones who will be remembered and honoured at the end of human history are the Christians. They will be remembered for their service to Jesus and for their sacrifice. The Christians will be rewarded and their names will be great among the earth.

Psalms 109:16-20, “Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.”

A man will reap what he sows. Throw a ball at a wall and it will bounce back. It is true that we do not always see the full consequences in this life time but at the judgment it will be seen. At the great white throne judgment all men will stand before God and they will reap what they have sown.

That is why we are so dependant upon the grace of Jesus through His blood. Because we are all weak and sinful. We have all done evil. Some worse than others but still without Christ, of our own righteousness we are all doomed to face the judgment of God.

The important thing is not how much you have or have not sinned or how better of a person you might be compared to other people but the important thing is that you repent of your sins to Jesus Christ and let His righteousness be your righteousness instead of relying upon your own works.

In Christ there is redemption. In Christ there is salvation. In Christ there is eternal mercy and grace, eternal life. If you have never turned from your sins to Jesus then please do so right now. Jesus is calling to you. Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart and pleading with you to let Him in.



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