The God Of Deliverance 

The theme of Psalm 107, especially verses 1-32, is that God is a God of deliverance. Verses 1-22 seem to focus on God delivering people from the consequences of sin. The people signed against God, became enslaved by the consequences of their sin, cried out to God, and He delivered them. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) we can believe and expect God to deliver in these ways today through faith in Jesus. 

Jesus delivers us from futility. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord , for He  is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord  for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalms 107:1‭-‬9 NKJV

 They wandered around basically accomplishing nothing but moving deeper into poverty till they cried out to God. They cried out to God and He delivered them out of their futility and poverty. He led them in the right way and He satisfied them. He satisfied their souls and their bodies, their spiritual hunger and their physical hunger.  

Jesus delivers them from slavery. “Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons— Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there  was  none to help. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord  for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two. ” Psalms 107:10‭-‬16 NKJV

They were enslaved because of their sin. They had rebelled against God, and despised His Words. This causes them to be bound in affliction as they sat in darkness and the shadow of death. Their life and work was hard and bitter, until they called on the Lord. He delivered them from darkness and broke the chains of their slavery. 

Jesus delivered them from sickness. “Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord  for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.” Psalms 107:17‭-‬22 NKJV

They were physically sick and about to die because of their sin. While sickness isnt always due tonsin, it was in this case. They were  delivered from their sickness as they called on the Lord. 

Jesus delivered them from the storms of life. “Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the Lord , And His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord  for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.” Psalms 107:23‭-‬32 NKJV

The picture here is that of a pretty severe storm. I’d  guess it’s the kind of storm that makes them feel as though they’re going to die. They were delivered from this storm as they called on the Lord. 
The God who delivered in Psalm 107 is the God who delivers today. Call on Him for deliverance. Confess any sin in your life. Turn from your sin and to God today. 

Sanctification 

Sanctification is the process that God uses to transform believers into the image of Jesus. Sanctification is something that God does in us and not something that we do by ourselves. There are three things that God uses to work for our sanctification, the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and our decision of faith. While God is in control of our sanctification, we cooperate with Him to progress in sanctification. 
As we study Gods Word or hear God’s Word preached, the Spirit of God reveals things to us that God wants us either add to our lives or remove from our lives. At this point, we will decide whether or not we will obey what God has revealed. When we respond in faith and do whatever it is God is dealing with us about, we will progress in sanctification and become more like Jesus. What has the Spirit of God been dealing with you about form the Word of God? How are you going to respond?
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13 (NKJV)

Crunchy Peanut Butter & Jesus

I didn’t like crunchy peanut butter when I was a kid. I know I didn’t because my mom told me I didn’t. I never questioned this and would always just tell people when they asked that I didn’t like crunchy peanut butter. One day after I was married, my wife and I were out shopping for groceries. She asked about getting crunchy peanut butter and I told her that I didn’t like it. She asked if I’d ever tried it. I honestly couldn’t remember ever trying it but I must have because I didn’t like it. She won out and we bought it. When we got home she insisted I try it. Turned out I really did like crunchy peanut butter It was my mom who didn’t like it. 
Sadly, I think this is the way many people approach Jesus. They don’t and they never have had their own relationship with Jesus. Instead, they have the relationship with Jesus that their mom or dad or someone else told them they had. Is your relationship with Jesus based on what your mom, dad or someone else told you, or do you have your own relationship with Jesus that is built on YOUR time with Jesus in prayer, YOUR time in the Word of God and YOUR personal experiences with Jesus? The most important thing you can do is make sure that your relationship with Jesus is indeed your relationship with Jesus. 
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

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