Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Psalm 107 - 109
Study 85 –Psalm 107:1-32
1. Some wandered in the desert; some sat in darkness and deep gloom because they had rebelled against the Lord; some suffered affliction because of their rebellious ways; others were merchants of the sea and encountered terrible storms. All cried out to the Lord. Some cried out in repentance while others cried out for aid. The Lord heard them all and came to their rescue.
2. Those that were rescued by their cry out to the Lord are called to make the Lord’s saving power known to all those that surround them.
3. Over and over again in the ministry of Jesus we see people calling out to Him, touching the hem of His garment, or dropping their friends through the roof. Jesus was always willing to reach out to those that reached out to Him even to the moment that He reached out to the thief on the cross.
Study 86 – Psalm 107:33-43
1. There is absolutely nothing that God cannot change in order to move on behalf of His people! No situation or circumstance is beyond His ability to reverse it in order to accomplish His will. If we want to participate in His blessings and have Him move on our behalf then we must live in obedience to His Word.
2. The Lord can turn deserts into rivers or rivers into deserts. He can turn salt field into a fertile plain or He can turn a fertile plan into a salt field. The Lord will do whatever it takes in order to accomplish His purpose. At times that means cursing what He has previously blessed. When we come to a place of repentance then and only then will He reverse the situation once again.
Study 87 – Psalm 108
1. The opening line states, “My heart is steadfast.” Our problem with worship is that are hearts are too up and down. We are emotional roller coasters that can only praise Him when things are up. The secret to worship from the depths of one’s soul is a heart that is ‘steadfast.’ When our feet hit the floor in the morning we need to begin our day in worship rather than disgust. We need to arise with thankfulness rather than depression.
2. The closing verses paint a picture in my mind of the utter ease at which the Lord has in declaring victory on behalf of His people. It is as easy for Him to do as it is for me to throw my coat over the chair, kick off my shoes, and sit in the recliner when I walk in the door after a hard day’s work. The Lord is not rattled by our difficulties!
Study 88 – Psalm 109
1. The psalmist was a man of praise and one that extended the love of friendship toward those around him. The false accusations surrounding him were completely unfounded. This psalm is proof that the righteous will not be exempt from attack from those that are closest to them.
2. The extent to which the psalmist requests punishment toward his accuser seems tremendously harsh, yet the reason for such a harsh request is that righteousness is at stake. The psalmist wants the punishment of his accuser to serve as a signpost for all that would oppose righteousness in the future. Better for one family to be destroyed than for others to follow in their footsteps because they have not been warned of the danger of opposing the righteous.