Scripture: Psalm 107:6, ‘Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.’
Observations: Psalm 107 has an introduction (v1-3) and a conclusion (v33-43), but then it has four verses that all begin with ‘some’ i.e. ‘some wandered in wastes, (v4)’ ‘some sat in darkness, (v10)’ ‘some were fools, (v17)’ ‘some went down to the sea. (v23)’ In each case these people experienced terrible circumstances, mostly because of their sin. But in each case ‘they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. (see also v13, 19, 28)’ In their trouble they turned to the Lord. In each case they repented, and the Lord delivered them. And in each case the psalmist responds with, ‘Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! (v8, 15, 21, 31)’ Even though we rebel against God, when we repent and turn to him, he is gracious and compassionate. The whole point of this Psalm is that when we find ourselves in similar circumstances we should repent and God will deliver us, and then rather than rebel again we should thank the Lord.
Application: Often we are so used to doing life on our own that when we face difficult circumstances we wrestle with them on our own. If that’s you this morning, how about repenting of your self-sufficiency, and turn to God for help. In Jesus God loves us, and God longs for us to turn to him in our time of need, he longs to deliver us. God is steadfast in his love, he is faithful to his promises, he is gracious in his dealings with us. So firstly, cry out to the Lord and he will deliver you. But secondly, thank the Lord for his loving care in your life. Thank God that he has saved you in Jesus Christ, that he has given you his Holy Spirit, and that he is working out all things for the good of those who love him.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I confess that so often I don’t cry out to You in my distress, because I am so used to doing life on my own. Lord, forgive me when I don’t include You, when I don’t turn to You. Lord, may You be my ever-present help in my everyday life, especially in times of trouble. Lord, I thank You for the way that You show Your love to me every day. I thank You for the way that You carry me through difficulties. I thank You for sending Your own Son to die in my place that I might call You Father. Lord, may Your name and my thanks be always on my lips. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.