Let us focus today on Psalm 107 and Romans 5. These scriptures will be pieced to fit in with the message..
Psalm 107: (in sections)
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
5 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.
10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
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
17 Fools, because of their transgression,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
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.
23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
24 They see the works of the LORD,
And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
26 They mount up to the heavens,
They go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble.
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.
33 He turns rivers into a wilderness,
And the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness,
For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
35 He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings.
36 There He makes the hungry dwell,
That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
37 And sow fields and plant vineyards,
That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
38 He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly;
And He does not let their cattle decrease.
39 When they are diminished and brought low
Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow,
40 He pours contempt on princes,
And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;
41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,
And makes their families like a flock.
42 The righteous see it and rejoice,
And all iniquity stops its mouth43 Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the loving kindness of the LORD.
…For He has sent them to a home away from the oppression,
… For He satisfies the longing soul And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
… For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.
….for He has calmed the seas and saved the seamen.
…For He has healed the afflictions and filled their bodies
and then in great humbleness and thanksgiving, they – –
8 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare His works with rejoicing.
We cry to the Lord. We beg for pity and relief from our worrisome situation. Let’ s take a look again at these five desperate situations the Israelites found themselves due to their evil ways…….
Psalm 107 above laments over these five dilemmas: 1) They wandered in the wilderness with no food or water and drew faint with no way to survive; 2) They sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons; 3) They were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death; 4) The were caught in a terrible storm. They reeled to and fro, and staggered like a drunken man, ready to drown, and at their wits’ end; 5) When they were diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow, He poured contempt on princes, and caused them to wander in the wilderness where there was no way.
I repeat these afflictions so we could all see what the suffering was and could identify it with ourselves. So….. What is your storm, your affliction, your imprisonment, your lost journey? Stop for a moment and think about it. It is the only way to get through it.
Now, pray about it!
Psalm 107 describes specific ordeals of the Israelites, but it is actually speaking about you and about me. The amazing truth about the Bible is that it is so human. We all are under major stresses, afflictions, and storms. As one comes to a close, another may blossom. What can we do to overcome them, to not have to travel that road of calamity? I think we know that answer. Love the Lord, you God with all your heart and all your soul, and all you mind and love your neighbor as yourself – as we worship our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each one of these cries for help as listed above came after sinning, cursing the Lord, worshipping idols, etc. (as we do everyday IF we are honest with ourselves). God had His fill and knew they needed discipline and one through five was the result. But after suffering, they realized what they had done and begged God to forgive, save them, and restore them. They were redeemed because of “the loving kindness of the Lord.”
And then it happened all over again. It was like a hamster wheel forever going with the Israelites running, running and getting nowhere. But unlike the hamster, we humans know better. Bless the hamster who travels miles and miles and gets nowhere except in his little mind. But God knew we had to be saved, had to jump off the wheel and face His Light so we could be forever redeemed. He knew we needed that sacrificial lamb who once and for all could give himself as a final sacrifice taking ALL our sinfulness onto himself – for the forgiveness and redemption, and justification of all. Eternity with the Lord was the gift, and grace was the answer.
And so He sent Jesus – the Word became flesh and lived among us. Now, the grace that passes all understanding is our blessing and our eternal joy.
Romans 5: 1 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation………… 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification……………. 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous……..
21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As Romans chapter five tells us the result of justification is life and righteousness all brought through Jesus Christ. It takes away the guilt of man and presents the Grace that is granted by God through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Only through Him can we come to perfect joy, walking with Him through all the trials of the earthly life – as we look to our eternal home with him.
Jesus, dying on the cross, laid the foundation that satisfied our lives of sin.
Our Christ that now lives and is seated at the right hand of God is making the intercessions, saving us from the punishment of hell. Through this foundation and His living within us, He now has taken away the sin within us.
Yes, our Lord laid the foundation for our future through giving Himself and taking on all our sinful natures he gave us that peace with God through reconciliation and eternal life without a trace of wrath. God’s love is so great it is impossible for us to even attempt to wrap our heads around it. Life’s sufferings and joys are just a breath when looking at our eternal joy. God’s amazing and awesome love is poured out on to us without even a second of hesitation. And the Holy Spirit is with us to help us move forward in that love. a present peace with God, that is, reconciliation, and deliverance from future wrath, as well as a hope that is certain in the midst of life’s sufferings and does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us as a guide and a teacher.
Now, we can realize that God has showered us with peace and grace – and here is the kicker – He has done it and will do it – forever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 107: 1-3
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
3 And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
God blesses you – thanks be to God through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.