Psalm 114

Psalm 114

Author: Anonymous

This psalm resembles Psalm 29, which celebrates God’s revelation. Israel here, refers to the 12 tribes, not just the northern kingdom.

Verse 1 – When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Verse 2 – Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion.

If you’ll remember when the Israelites first went to the land of Egypt, it was when Joseph was in charge of all the grain. They flourished until a new Pharaoh arose and Joseph died. The people of God multiplied for four hundred years – and Moses brought them out of a land, of strange language.

Verse 3 – The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back (Red Sea divided).

Verse 4 – The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs (Mount Sinai shook and the very heavens respond to God’s presence).

Verse 5 – What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back?

Verse 6 – O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

These rhetorical questions, reflects on the majesty our God can cause be His very presence.

Verse 7 – Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,

Verse 8 – Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters (Exodus 17:6).

There are so many psalms, like this one, that lets us know, nothing is too hard for our Mighty God! If He can make water come out of a rock which He did twice for the Israelites, then do you not think He can turn a heart of stone towards Him?

Psalm 113

Psalm 113

Author: Anonymous

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!

Verse 2 – Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!

Verse 3 – From the rising of the sun to it’s going down the Lords name is to be praised.

The praising of God’s name means the recognition of His position of power and authority. This psalm is one of a set of songs recited during Passover. Some Bibles use “Yahweh,” God’s name. The phrase “servants of Yahweh” refers to the priests.

From the rising of the sun, indicates God’s omniscience and longevity of the Kingly reign.

Verse 4 – The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.

Verse 5 – Who is like the Lord over God, who dwells on high,

Verse 6 – Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

Verse 7 – He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap,

Verse 8 – That He may seat him with princes – with the princes of His people.

Verse 9 – He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!

God has a calling, purpose, and destiny, for everyone’s life. Keep in mind, you are not going to start out on top. It could take years of God’s Holy Spirit training you, but He will use the willing. He pulls us up and out to get us where we need to be.

In Zechariah, chapter 4, Zerubbabel is told, “For who has despised the day of small things?” Now, I know we don’t talk that way, so in other words , “Don’t disregard or despise small beginnings.” Your purpose and destiny will start with a strong desire, and if it doesn’t fade and you don’t quit, God will bring it to pass. Like the psalmist wrote, “Praise the Lord forevermore!”

Psalm 112

Psalm 112

Author: Anonymous

Do You Want to be Blessed?

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

Many blessings are available to us. We don’t pick and choose which of His commandments we will follow though. God’s ways never change. His precepts are the same today as they were yesterday. When we adapt, follow, and trust His will by letting it become our will, then you will see blessing upon blessing on your life.

Verse 2 – His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Verse 3 – Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

You know why our righteousness endures forever? Because our righteousness is not of ourselves; it comes from Christ alone, and that’s why it endures for all time. (I like the wealth and riches part being in my house, don’t you?)

Verse 4 – Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is full of compassion, and righteousness.

Verse 5 – A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Verse 6 – Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

A generous person will be remembered for his giving to others, just as a stingy person will be remembered as being self-absorbed in only themselves. However, those who know who their true source is, will be considered upright in their ways.

Verse 7 – He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

(Keep reading. These are the characteristics an upright person follows.)

Verse 8 – His heart is established ; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

Verse 9 – He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor.

These verses cannot only be said of Christ, but His followers. Are we not to be “Christ like” as Christians?

Verse 10 – The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.

You know , a person has to be pretty angry or jealous to gnash his teeth together.

There are several references to “gnashing of teeth” in the Bible. In Luke Jesus is talking about people who pretend to know Him, but He doesn’t know them. Luke 13:28 – There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

He’s talking about hell, but look who they see while in hell. Part of the punishment for not coming to Christ, I believe, will be all those that go there will be able to see the saints, living with our King and that’s why they gnash their teeth. Why do I believe that? Because of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. (Read Luke 16:19-31)

Did you notice the rich man isn’t named? Why, because “all his desires” and he himself is not remembered. When the rich man and Lazarus both died, the rich man could see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom being comforted. Then Abraham said to the rich man in verse 26, ‘And besides all this between us and you there is a great gulf fixed; so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor those from there pass to us.’

So don’t go there! Hell was not created for anyone except Satan and his angels. Make the right choice while you still can and for goodness sake, don’t be a pretender. Your only fooling yourself.

Do You Doubt God’s Willingness

The measure of faith

Have you believed the lie that Jesus won’t do what He says in His Word, for you?

Have you seen what you believe, come to pass on your behalf?

The problem is not that Jesus doesn’t have the power or the willingness to do it for you. I think, for some, there is a blockage of doubt that He will do it for “you.”

Too many, and I used to be one, start their prayers with, “Lord if it be your will… I know I don’t have the right to ask because I’ve done so many things wrong.” Because we are in Christ, we are to go boldly to the throne of Grace.

Put the breaks on and stop right there! Are you born-again? Yes, well then, do you think you really have to ask, “if it be your will to; save that person, heal, deliver, or protect you or someone else? We often think we don’t have the right to ask for healing because we’re unworthy. Not so. We think that Christ can’t use us because of that “Ole sin – consciousness.”

God placed “all your sin” on Jesus! God is fully aware of the wrongs we now do, while being His. And yes, He wants you to stop doing it, to yourself and to treat others right, but not because He’s going to reject you when you pray.

He loves you and wants each one of us to have that abundant life that Jesus died to give all of us. Sin is a thief of that life and it will destroy you (John 10:10).

The truth is, a lot of people make their sin greater than God’s grace. Don’t limit God because you connect it to your worth and value. You do have value, because Jesus died for you.

Another truth is, none of us deserve what God has given but because you accept and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, we receive that gift of grace!

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Every single person, at the end of the day, come up short of being perfect in all our ways. And we mustn’t think because we’ve done better than most, God won’t hear their prayers.” Grace is greater.

Our sin was dealt with at the cross “Once” (Hebrews 9:11, 12).

Please do not misunderstand what I’m saying. We do not continue to live as we did prior to coming to Christ. When there is a true transformation, you want to do right according to God’s standards. And yes, consequences are still going to be there that some will have to deal with according to their actions.

Your redemption is not “short-term.” Too many like to quote, “Once saved, always saved.” That’s only partially true. If you don’t believe me go read Hebrews chapter 6. My Bible teaches me, “If you continue in Him! You can’t make a little confession and then go about life as usual living anyway you seem fit. There will be a transformation of your life.

Or why else would Jesus have mentioned the “Lukewarm” when He was speaking to the church in Laodicea?

Revelation 3:16 – “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.”

He was talking to a body of believers in the church, so it does happen to the believer.

Please keep in mind, sin is not only what we have done, but also what we are not doing. James 4:17 – Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

So how do we get rid of this sin – consciousness to believe our prayers will be answered?

First of all, “Stop believing the lie from the enemy that God won’t hear your prayer when you pray because you weren’t perfect in every way, today. Start believing what the Bible says about your new birth. You are the “Righteousness of God in and through Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).

After being born-again, Christ came to live in you, so when God looks at you He sees His Son. He hears your prayer because you are in “Right standing.”

The next time your pastor asks for those who know the power of prayer to come and pray for someone who needs healing, get your self up there and just do it! The Father is the one who does the work!

Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Those are Jesus Words and I make them mine. You are worthy to stand in His presence and make your request known to Him and He will do it. You will begin to see your prayers answered, because you believe and then you receive. God loves you!

Psalm 111

Psalm 111

Author: Anonymous

Reverence for God is the beginning of wisdom.

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The psalmist praised the Lord, both in private and in public, as should we.

Verse 2 – The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.

That verse says a lot about someone’s faith in finding their answers for life in the Word of God. Christians who love and take pleasure in studying scripture, finding out all God’s great works, will praise Him forever, and ever.

Verse 3 – His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.

Verse 4 – He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

If you never read about what all God has done, then how will you ever know about His works? Studying the scriptures helps us to trust and build our faith every time we read of deliverance. He doesn’t always deliver in the same way, but He is faithful to His own.

Verse 5 – He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.

God’s Word is food for our soul. We learn to trust in His provision for our very life!

Verse 6 – He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

This verse is reference to God giving Israel Canaan, His chosen people.

Verse 7 – The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure.

The word verity is – certainty, truth, trustworthiness. God’s works and words, you can count on as “Truth!”

Verse 8 – They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness (psalmist is still talking about God’s works).

Verse 9 – He has sent redemption to His people, He has commanded His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name.

Verse 10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

God sent the perfect sacrifice to redeem us; the price was paid by Christ. These verses are not talking about worldly wisdom. This kind of wisdom scripture refers to, is only from God. It comes when we worship and reverence the One and Only true God.

Salvation Includes Healing

Psalm 51

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

In this verse the Greek word “Soteria,” is used for “Salvation.” It includes not only forgiveness of sin, but also healing, deliverance, protection, prosperity, and to make whole.

Now look at James 5:14, 15 – Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save (sozo) the sick.

The Greek word for save in this verse is “Sozo” and is used with “Soteria” to denote salvation and deliverance from suffering. Healing is part of our salvation. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation; unto our healing; unto our financial prosperity; and unto our deliverance. We are made whole!

To be healthy has a lot more to do with what we feed our spirit. Do you know that when you are at peace on the inside, that it will boost your immune system? Look at Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

We look too many times for a pill to fix the problem or even eating certain foods, but if we’d pay a little more attention to the spiritual root of things, we just might discover some things about how God works.

Isaiah told us in 26:3 how to stay at peace on the inside: Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.

This is something I’ve had to train myself in. Any time pressure comes from things out of my control, I recall what the Bible says about that situation. We then begin to build our faith and trust in knowing God said He is working it all out for my good. Why? Because I love God and I’m called according to His purpose – so I trust Him (Romans 8:28).

So when you need healing, go find all the verses that say we are healed; we were healed; look at all the times Jesus healed others in scripture. Build yourself up and believe it because God said it!

Psalm 110

Psalm 110

Author: David

This is one of the most quoted psalms in the New Testament. It clearly references to the Messiah.

Verse 1 – The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

This verse is quoted by Jesus when answering the Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-46.

A lot of people have a vague belief in God, but refuse to accept Jesus as anything more than a great teacher. However, both the Old Testament and the New Testament clearly proclaim the deity of Jesus. This is also quoted in Mark 12:36, 37, where Jesus was explaining He is greater than David.

Then Peter used this psalm to show that the Messiah sits at the right hand of God and is Lord over all (Acts 2:32-35).

Jesus was always and always will be. Look in Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image.” John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word (the word was spoken and all creation was made), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth – Jesus!

Verse 2 – The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

Romans 11:26, 27 – And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. (verse 27) For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.

Verse 3 – Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.

Verse 4 – “You are a priest forever according to Melchizedek.”

God promised an eternal dynasty to David (2 Samuel 7:14-17). Jesus Christ, as a descendant of David and as the Son of God, fulfills the dual roles of King and priest forever (Hebrews 7:17, 21).

This is why Jesus is the only mediator between man and God. He is all we need. Our high Priest is perfect in every way!

Verse 5 – The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.

Verse 6 – He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.

There’s coming a day, not just any day, but “The Day of the Lord”, when the wicked rulers and kings will be destroyed.

Verse 7 – He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head.

(I have no idea what this verse means, sorry. Maybe it means, the leaders of the those countries will see their destruction coming and they will know from whom it comes.)

Psalm 109

Psalm 109

Author: David

Verse 1 – Do not keep silent, O God of my praise!

Verse 2 – For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful have opened against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

Verse 3 – They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

Verse 4 – In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer.

Verse 5 – Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Have you had people in your life that you were good to, but yet lied on you and deceived you? David did many times and so did Christ. So what did they do? They gave themselves to prayer! That’s a lot easier said than done. It usually comes from the one’s you have done the most for.

I know you’ve heard the phrase, “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.” Nowhere in scripture is that found. It was said by St Augustine in a letter he wrote. It does neither person any good that does not confront the wrong done to them. Oh, I believe wholeheartedly that people know they are not treating someone right, but they just don’t care. So it needs to be confronted.

When we tell someone we will continue to love them, but hate their deeds (life style, habits or addictions, how they treat you or others), are we not telling them it’s OK? Yes, God loved the world enough to send His only begotten Son to die for us, but each individual has a choice; repent and receive forgiveness. Those who are truly born-again “do not” continue in sin. You can’t convince me that someone doesn’t know when they are lying or deceiving another person. If there is no repentance, sometimes you just have to walk away and leave them be.

Verse 6 – Set a wicked man over him, and let an accuser stand at his right hand.

The right hand denotes protection. The Lord will judge among the nations and destroy their wicked leaders.

Verse 7 – When he is judged, let him be found guilty, and let his prayer become sin.

Verse 8 – Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Verse 9 – Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Verse 10 – Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; let them seek their bread also from their desolate places.

Verse 11 – Let the creditor seize all that he has, and let strangers plunder his labor.

Verse 12 – Let there be none to extend mercy to him, nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.

Verse 13 – Let his posterity be cut off, and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

David is still talking about those who lied on him and plotted against him. But we have to ask ourselves; what all has God forgiven you for? Did you ever lie on someone or deceive before or after coming to Christ? We forgive others, not because they deserve it, but because Christ forgave us. Some though, will do too much damage for the relationship to be repaired. Let God be the judge of those who do you wrong or a root of bitterness will take hold and destroy your inner peace. I will say this though; those who continue to abuse and mistreat you and others with no remorse or repentance, get away from them because they will continue to wreak havoc in your life.

Verse 14 – Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Verse 15 – Let them be continually before the Lord, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth;

Verse 16 – Because he did not remember to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

David is telling God just as the oppressors did not show kindness toward the afflicted so they deserve no demonstration of covenant loyalty or compassion. Some like to continue kicking, when you already reached your lowest. God sees it all. He is your avenger, not us.

Verse 17 – As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.

Verse 18 – As he clothed himself with cursing as with a garment, so let it enter his body like water, and like oil into his bone.

Verse 19 – Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, and for a belt with which he girds himself continually.

Verse 20 – Let this be the reward to my accusers, and to those who speak evil against my person.

Wow! David wanted God to take swift judgment and punishment of evil people.

Verse 21 – But You, O God the Lord, deal with me for Your name’s sake; because Your mercy is good, deliver me.

Now isn’t that ironic that David wants God to show him mercy, but those against him, no mercy?

Verse 23 – I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust.

Verse 24 – My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.

Verse 25 – I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they sake their heads.

Verse 26 – Help me, O Lord God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy,

Verse 27 – That they may know that his is Your hand-that You, Lord, have done it!

Verse 28 – Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let Your servant rejoice.

Verse 29 – Let my accusers be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.

Verse 30 – I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.

Verse 31 – For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn him.

This psalm by no means, is a psalm to be prayed over our enemies. but I’m sure all of us at one time have had someone do us so wrong, that we would like to see what they did to us, fall on them. We should make sure that we treat others the way we want to be treated, at all times, and let God handle the rest.

We let certain things go because we know they will reap what is sown, good or bad. The Bible tells us not to grow weary in doing good. It’s for our benefit that we stay in peace. God will judge in due season.

Psalm 108

Psalm 108

Author: David

“Awake Early and Praise the Lord”

Verse 1 – O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

Verse 2 – Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.

Oh, how much better people’s day would go if they would spend time with our Lord first thing in the morning. I don’t believe you can wait until the evening to ask God to prepare you for the day. It just doesn’t make sense. If you start your mornings by putting the whole armor of God on, you will have the strength to do battle the rest of the day. (Early will I seek you.)

Verse 3 – I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations.

Verse 4 – For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.

Verse 5 – Be exalted O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth;

Verse 6 – That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.

Verse 7 – God has spoken in His holiness. “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem and measure out of the Valley of Succoth.”

Shechem is where Abraham and then Jacob had camped. This town was north of Jerusalem. Succoth was the first stop on the Exodus route (Exodus 12:37).

Verse 8 – Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver.

Verse 9 – Moab is My wash pot; over Edom I will cast My shoe; over Philistia I will triumph.

Moab, Edom, and Philistia were Israel’s enemies to the east, south, and west. They despised the Israelites and their God.

Verse 10 – Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom? (This is David asking.)

Verse 11 – Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with Your armies?

David knew he wouldn’t be able to claim victory over these cities without God’s divine help.

Verse 12 – Give us help from trouble, for vane is the help of man.

Verse 13 – Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

David not only prayed for rescue, but for victory also. As Christians, we are not to merely survive. We are to reign in life. I don’t want to have just enough to get by in this life. Christ died to give us an “abundant life!”

John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

1 John 5:4, 5 – For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. (verse 5) Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

So you see, David knew, as should we, that with God, in Him, we are victorious! As He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).

Book Five – Psalm 107

Psalm 107

Author: Anonymous

This psalm was written to celebrate the Jew’s return from their exile in Babylon.

Verse 1 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

Verse 3 – And gathered out of the lands from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Are you redeemed? Redeemed is to buy back or purchase. A very huge price was paid by our Savior, Jesus Christ. He paid this price, in full, with His precious blood, for the entire world. “Let the redeemed of the Lord, say so!”

Verse 4 – They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in.

Verse 5 – Hunger and thirst, their soul fainted in them.

Verse 6 – Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distress.

Verse 7 – And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for habitation.

Verse 8 – Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Salvation should result in testimony and praise. God’s wondrous works on behalf of Israel ultimately benefited all humanity in Christ.

Look at Genesis 12:3 – I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. This is the covenant with Abraham, and if you are born-again, you are in that family.

Verse 9 – For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.

Verse 10 – Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons –

Verse 11 – Because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High,

Verse 12 – Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help.

I’m sure each one of you reading this has been in situations where there wasn’t one person who could help you. The Israelites were being held captive, because of their rebellion. Being rebellious is despising God’s Word, according to verse 11. When we go our own way, then we will pay the consequences.

Verse 13 – Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distress.

Verse 14 – He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.

Verse 15 – Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Verse 16 – For He has broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two.

The Israelites were held captive by the Babylonians for 70 years. They were slaves in Egypt for 400. Maybe this generation we live in now won’t wait years and years to cry out to the Lord for deliverance.

Verse 17 – Fools, because of their transgressions, and because of their iniquity, were afflicted.

Verse 18 – Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

Verse 19 – Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.

Why did it take them so long before they cried out for help? Better yet, why do we wait so long before we come to our senses to realize we can’t save ourselves? Because we are stubborn and rebellious also. We think we know better. If we would only humble ourselves and submit our ways to His authority, then He can do a might work in us.

Verse 20 – He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.

So many people forget how important God’s word is. They look for answers everywhere but in the Word of God. They say they don’t have time, but the truth is, they don’t find the time. No one’s word can bring healing, but the Word of God.

Verse 21 – Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Verse 22 – Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.

And that is why we worship! His Word will bring all things to pass.

Verse 23 – Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters,

Verse 24 – They see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.

Verse 25 – For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

Verse 26 – They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul melts because of trouble.

Verse 27 – They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.

Just like a storm coming out of nowhere on the sea, a storm can spring out of nowhere in life. Just remember, we have a Savior that walks on water. Let me ask you something: If you have a child that is not within sight, maybe outside playing, and that child cry’s out, do you not run to their rescue? Our heavenly Father will do the same. That’s how much He loves You.

Verse 28 – Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distress.

Verse 29 – He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.

Verse 30 – Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.

Verse 31 – Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Verse 32 – Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.

Do you ever wonder how someone can just stand in a congregation with their arms folded and no expression on their face, during praise and worship? They must have everything they need, is my thoughts. The bigger the trial, the bigger the worship should be.

Verse 33 – He turns rivers into wilderness and the water-springs into dry ground;

Verse 34 – A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

These two verse remind me of the countries which have not made God their God. They have went through thousands of years, worshiping a false dead god. They still live with barren land, not able to feed their people and destroy others with wars of destruction.

Verse 35 – He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into water-springs.

Verse 36 – There He makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for habitation.

Verse 37 – And sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest.

Verse 38 – He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and He does not let their cattle decrease.

Just like the reversal of these verses, God can turn any nation or situation around. Seek Him with all your heart; put Him first in all your ways, then watch and see if He will not turn everything around for your good.

Verse 39 – When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction and sorrow,

Verse 40 – He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;

Verse 41 – Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, and makes their families like a flock.

Verse 42 – The righteous see it and rejoice, and all iniquity stops its mouth.

Verse 43 – Whoever is wise will observe these things,  and they will understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.