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March 27, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 1 Samuel 1-3
Audio: 1 Samuel 1-3

Psalm 107 (ESV)

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.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
Then 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.

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
    they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
    and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
    and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
    and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
    through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
    and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,
    and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
    let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1)

    God's Steadfast Love

    In today's psalm, each time the word “love” is mentioned, it follows the word “steadfast.” Steadfast love! This phrase is used a total of six times in Psalm 107 but appears 191 times in the ESV. Now that is a lot of steadfast love!

    How awesome is it that God's love endures forever!

    The definition of “steadfast” is: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

    The definition of this “love” is a loyal love n. — an unfailing kind of love, kindness, or goodness; often used of God’s love that is related to faithfulness to his covenant.

    How blessed are we that God is faithful!

    When we read that God delivers us from trouble and distress, Psalm 107:12 gives us a glimpse into how He does this: “So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help.” We also read that God, “commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea” (Psalm 107:25).

    This is part of God’s steadfast love. But there is more . . .

    God turns rivers into deserts (Psalm 107:33)
    God turns springs of water into thirsty ground (Psalm 107:33)
    God turns a fruitful land into a salty waste (Psalm 107:34)

    Why would God do this? Because of the evil of its inhabitants (Psalm 107:34).

    But . . .

    God turns a desert into pools of water (Psalm 107:35)
    God turns parched land into springs of water (Psalm 107:35)

    While God redeems us from trouble, He also wakes us up and gets our attention using trouble and affliction because He loves us. Yes, God puts the squeeze on his children. It’s how He wakes us from our drunken stupor and when we’re at the end of our ropes (Psalm 107:27).

    Proverbs 3:12 says, “for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” Reprove = discipline (because He loves us)!

    When I think of all the people I’ve met in my life who are content in the desert, enslaved to sin and living for themselves, many live that way throughout their lives while others turn to God in their affliction. Sadly, many of them turn away once their problem is gone or their need is met.

    May we look at the events of our lives through the lens of God’s character as revealed in this chapter and embrace His steadfast love for us – both when He delivers us and when He commands and raises the stormy winds around us.

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Father, Cure the World's Disease" by Philip Doddridge

    "Great eternal Original, Author of all created beings and happiness: I adore you—you who have made us capable of faith. You who have bestowed this dignity and eloquence on our nature, that it may be taught to say, 'Where is God our Maker?'

    But I lament that degeneracy has spread over the whole human race, which has turned our glory into shame. The forgetfulness of God, unnatural as it is, has become a common and universal disease. Holy Father, we know that only your presence and teaching can reclaim your wandering children. Impress a sense of divine things on the heart, and make that sense lasting and effectual.

    From you proceed all good purposes and desires—and this desire, above all, of spreading wisdom, piety, and happiness in this world. Though we are sunk in such deep apostasy, your infinite mercy has not utterly forsaken us. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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