Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. 6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, [And] He delivered them out of their distresses. 7 And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. 8 Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!
13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, [And] He saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. 15 Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!
18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, [And] He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered [them] from their destructions. 21 Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. 30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. 31 Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!PSALM 107:5-8, 13-15, 18-21, 27-31
HE SAVED THEM OUT OF THEIR DISTRESS
We have three wonderful kids. At times as they were growing up they got themselves in a few binds. Sometimes it was hurt feelings over an issue with a sibling. Sometimes it was scraped knees. Sometimes it was something more serious that required a trip to the ER. Sometimes it was a mess of their own making and we had to deal with disciplinary issues at school. The point is that they all had a place to go when they found that they were in a mess. They knew they could come home to mom and dad.
Some days all three kids come in with three or four different types of binds to handle. As their parents we delight in saving our kids through life’s problems. We are here for them.
In the Psalm today we see God’s faithfulness on display over and over again through all the binds that the Nation of Israel finds itself in. God delights in saving his people through their problems. He is present in the famines, the storms, the messes of their own making and more. He is an always present, always able God.
Notice how gratitude is tied into salvation. The Psalms at this point are teaching us to remember and be thankful for God’s goodness. He indeed is a God who saves!
Often I pray and I thank God for His goodness to me and to us as a people. It’s one of my “go to” things whenever I pray. Part of it is routine, but the reason it is routine is because I don’t want to forget the goodness of God. It is something that in some sense is future tense, but is also past tense and present in my life. His goodness has undergirded my existence and is beyond my temporal experience. It is present when I see it and recognize it and it is present even when I don’t feel it. God is good! And he is worthy of our praise!
I can’t help but be reminded of how Jesus tells us to go to the Father in prayer recognizing that he is the giver of good gifts. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11)!
Father, You have been my rescue and deliverer in all of my scrapes and binds. You have delivered me from my sin and given me eternal life in Jesus Christ! You have guarded my path and guided my steps when I have trusted in you. You have been a shield and my salvation! I rejoice in your goodness. You are a good father who loves his children and delights to give good gifts. I celebrate your goodness today and am grateful for your kindness that had been shown to me. Let me reflect your love and grace to others this day! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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