Portraits of redemption . Psalm 107 Trouble, crying out, deliverance

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  1. whirlingmerc

    whirlingmerc Puritan Board Sophomore

    Oh! give thanks to the LORD
    he is good,
    he is loving
    His loyal loving kindness endures forever!
    Psalm 107

    Let those redeemed from trouble say it
    There s no direction you can look lacking people to say it
    God has gathered people painting a mural of redemption stretching east, west, north and sout

    Trouble came
    They cried
    He delivered them,
    deliverance comes from the word sent

    Redeemed portrait one. Eastern facing the great desserts, the Exodus wanderings ended entering from the East
    Lost in the dessert, wandering. Hungry and thirsty, fainting
    People lost without guidance
    Why? No particular reason given.
    Crying out in trouble
    Delivered Led straight, Settled, satisfied souls
    Let them thank Yahweh for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
    Let them thank, with satisfied souls filled with good things
    Destination reached. A reversal.

    Redeemed portrait two, western facing, bondage in Egypt
    Lost in pride. Proud sinners opposing guidance
    Sitting in darkness, close to death, afflicted, bound
    Why? Hearts that would not bow to God,
    They rebelled against God’s words, spurred counsel
    Hard hearts bow low
    Hard hearts, hard labor. Buckled under the weight. Fallen.
    A now humble cry out for help
    Delivered in distress
    Darkness to light. Hard time to freedom.
    Bonds burst Shattered doors of irons Severed bars of iron
    Proud sinners humbled, saved from selves. A reversal.

    Redeemed portrait three. northern facing. The norther kingdom and beyond
    Fools, living as if there was no God
    Now no taste even for food
    Physically sick afflicted because of their sin
    They cried in their trouble
    God sent the his word that they ignored from destruction
    Let them thank Yahweh for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
    Wonders of grace shown sinners
    And let redeemed fools offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and with new found wisdom tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
    Moved from no desire for food to delighted. A reversal.

    Redeemed portrait four, southern facing. Applicable to both apostles in a boat near to God and to gentiles far from God
    The word translated south is really the sea
    People awed, not by God but by the problems God sends
    At sea in a perfect storm. A perfect storm caused by God.
    Not in the promised land. Not in land at all.
    He stirs the waves making them go up to heaven
    Their courage melted, overwhelmed, terrified
    Then they cried to Yahweh, the Lord of the sea, in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
    He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
    Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
    Let them thank the Yahweh for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
    Children of men, becoming children of God
    Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
    Now awed by God
    Now welcomed in the community of God. A reversal.

    Trouble came
    They cried
    He delivered them,
    deliverance comes from the word sent

    Not a sacrifice of works
    No mention of being desrerved
    a cry for mercy
    a sacrifice of thanks
    Goodness and lovingkindness extended to
    the lost,
    the stubborn willfully sinful,
    the foolishly sinful,
    those in peril,
    those near and far

    Step back from the promised land a bit
    Anatomy of a troubled land
    Diagnosis, evil inhabitants
    Prognosis, He reverses fortunes and circumstances
    Rivers to desserts, deserts to rivers
    Fruitful to worthless, worthless to fruitful
    Princes go bust, needy prosper

    A word to the wise
    let him consider these things,
    let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

    Psalm 107 opens book five
    anticipation of entering the promised land
    Wisdom reflecting on the gathered, the redeemed from trouble, the goodness they discovered in God
    and reflecting on the goodness of God that delivered them when they called on His in the day of trouble
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2014
  2. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    I read from Ps 107.1-2 as our assurance of grace during worship this morning. What a wonderful passage of Scripture.
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