Friday, 2 October 2020
Title: His Mercy Is For Ever
By: Ps Cheng Cheung
Psalm 107:13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
The Psalm is about God’s deliverance to His children. It starts with a short preamble dedicated in gratitude to God
”Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!”
”For His mercy endures forever.”
Then it describes four different experiences which God delivered His people from. There is cause for thanksgiving and praise at the end of each, because ”They cried out to the Lord . . . He saved them . . give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
Briefly, some of God’s people ”wandered in the desert wastelands.” Then, there were ”those in chains who languished in the darkness and gloom of prison.” A third group ”suffered severe sickness and came to ‘loathe all food and drew near the gates of death’ ” Finally, the last group ”went down to the sea in frail ships and endured the fury of tempests and raging waves.”
But what was the source of the apparently life-threatening episodes these four groups of believers went through? Had any of these been self-inflicted?
ONE The believers ‘wandered’ about, and found no city to dwell in. They became hungry and thirsty, their souls weakened and they became desperate. Due to the hopelessness of their plight, they cried to God for mercy. He heard and led them to suitable dwellings so that they found rest for their longing souls.
TWO These believers were in the spiritual shadows, in darkness. They were bound by mental chains to past trauma and sad episodes. One would have thought those in such a position would seek God’s guidance, but no, they rebelled against His words and despised His counsel. Such arrogance! So God left them to the error of their ways. And the result was that all their efforts to be freed were laborious. Till, one day, they cried out to God for mercy and He led them out of darkness, out of the shadow of death. He broke the bondage of all the past baggage that was dragging them down.
THREE Proverbs 10:21 ”The lips of the righteous feed many”
”But fools die for lack of wisdom”. Not only was this group foolish, but had broken fellowship with God because of sin. Their affliction was deep and had no discernment as to the right decisions to make. They were near death. By spiritual analogy, when a sick soul has no appetite for the milk or meat of God’s word, it shows that spiritual death is near. Out of desperation, they cried out to God for mercy and He answered their cries for help.
FOUR Those who make a living in perilous circumstances or during dangerous times, know that ”He commands and raises the stormy wind,”
”Which lifts up the waves of the sea.”
”He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.”
These are the wonderful works of the Lord. And when you see the waves in your life rise up to the heavens and come crashing down around about you, know that you have come to the end of your resources: You will be at your “wit’s end.”
Cry out to God for mercy and He will answer you.
However, are you aware that the only thing that helps no one is a dead calm? The seaman who has not mastered the art of sailing in a storm is but an apprentice. May we seek only this: to stay well out at sea – and then we shall have no fear of stormy winds. Remember, our faith is always at its greatest point when we are in the middle of a trial, and confidence in the flesh will never endure testing. Fair-weather faith is not faith at all.
Finally, we will do well not to miss this reminder, repeated after each experience:
”Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,”
”And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, forgive me for murmuring when things do not go the way I expect them to, as will happen from time to time. Thank you for being patient with me despite this bad habit.
Deal with me with compassion because I am still a work-in-progress. Help me give thanks in all circumstances. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
但是，你是否知道，其实风平浪静对人一点益处都没有？还不能掌握技巧在暴风雨中航行的水手只能是学徒。但愿我们只寻求这一点：在海上保持良好心态 — 然后我们就不用害怕暴风雨。记住，当我们在试炼中，我们的信心就会达到最高峰，肉体的信心永远都不会经得起考验。晴天的信心根本就不算是信心。