Psalms 107-108

Psalms 107-108

God, why are You doing this to me? It's obvious why God's doing it to me. Because I abandoned His Word. I did not take His counsel, and I clap myself I irons. I bind myself up as a prisoner when I do not follow His Word.We oftentimes are not thankful for what God has done in us. We are not thankful for what God does for us and through us… But God is deserving of that thanks and that gratitude that should be pouring out of our hearts, because His love is what endures. It is His love that has touched us. It is His love that has freed us. It is His love for us that has give us His Word to study, and the ability to walk in relationship with Him. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. Not bad, as so many people think. Not hateful, as so many people think. Not angry, as so many people think. We are so often the byproduct of the world that hates God; our own sin; the circumstances of a fallen world. It’s not because God is bad. God is good, and it is because of His faithful love to us that we are alive and able to learn this today…

Why are we giving thanks to God? Because all of us at some time or other, whether we understand it or not, have wandered in a wasteland, have wandered in a desert, have been in that place of need to find a city where we can settle, a city where God is in control, and this is the city God wants to bring us to. And when we cry out to Him, when our hunger and our thirst finally gets to that place where we cry out to Him, rather than trying to do it in our own strength, then He leads us by straight ways…

In general — now, of course, it’s not the case for everybody — but in general, I find when people are struggling, when people are hurting, it’s because they have turned away from God’s Word. They’ve turned away from God’s counsel. They don’t like God’s counsel. I have to confess there’s been many times God has asked me to do things, and I didn’t like His counsel! There’s been times I’ve wanted to take revenge on my enemies, and then God says, “But Dave, you’re not supposed to have enemies to take revenge on.” Revenge is His, and the enemy is His. I’m called to love, and He reminds me of that. And you know what? I don’t always like it. I don’t always want to do it. And then I find myself in trouble, and I find myself struggling, and you know? The first words out of my mouth, “God, why are You doing this to me?” It’s obvious why God’s doing it to me. Because I abandoned His Word! I did not take His counsel, and I clap myself in irons. I bind myself up as a prisoner when I do not follow His Word. When we despise the counsel of the Lord, when we turn away from His Word, we are in bondage…

God will give us over to the darkness, and He’ll say, “Fine, go for it. Live that way, but I’m not there to help.” He’ll step back. He’ll let you struggle and suffer in that darkness. But the amazing thing is He’s never too far away that when you come to the end of yourself and cry out to Him that He’s there to deliver you. He’s there to save you…

God’s love is great. His desire to love us is great. The things that He’s done for us are great. So often, we look at all that God has done, we look at all that God has blessed us with, and despise it because He’s not given us more. Rather than seeing the blessing, we spit on the blessing and say, “God, that’s not what I want.”

Do you want to be wise? Open God’s Word, learn of His love, receive the power of that love through His Spirit, and become wise in the knowledge of Him, and then you can truly heed these things, and begin to understand as you consider, you understand how great the love of the Lord is.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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