Today in God’s Word
Deuteronomy 20; Psalm 107; Isaiah 47; Revelation 17
Today is Father’s Day and one role of the father in each family is to instruct and lead the family in the fear of the LORD (Deut 6:4-9; Eph 6:4). Psalm 107 contains valuable insight if we would look with care and seek to draw it’s message out for our children. Psalms are sometimes uniquely structured and the structure itself can help us see the meaning or feel the impact of the teaching.
See here in Psalm 107 the repeating pattern: Trouble – Cry – Help – Thanks…and the reader’s response with each is to consider the steadfast love of the LORD. The pattern begins at verse 4, 10, 17, and 23. This occurs for the first four groups of people facing different problems. But is his faithfulness isolated to the rescue?
A change in the pattern for the fifth group (Ps 107:33), might be emphasizing God’s purposes being worked in and through the trouble and the cry merely being part of his working and willing in his people (Phil 2:12-13). God is announced in this fifth group as the one bringing the trouble (Ps 107:33-34) and then he reverses it (Ps 107:35) for his good purpose as the humble and contrite soul cries out for help in dependence upon the LORD (thinking of the previous examples). The help given to the fifth group has a long description that seems to establish how the LORD raises up and strengthens families out of (or through) affliction.
Over-all, there is increasing clarity in the message that it is God bringing the calamity as well as the prosperity (Isaiah 45:7). One takeaway is that thanking him for his steadfast love includes thanking him for the trouble that he used to bring us unto repentance and surrender (Phil 4:4; Rom 5:3-5)! In the end wickedness shuts its mouth in defeat (having been used for God’s own good purpose), since God’s children are more than conquerors (Rom 8:35-39).
So now maybe the different categories of people and the situations they faced could offer some insight if we would meditate upon the message they each contribute…O Lord let us see wonderful things in your Word!
Soli Deo Gloria!