God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 3 - Psalms 106-107: God Sets All Things Right - Even When We Do Not

Today’s Reading: Psalms 106-107

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

God sets things right—even when humans don't.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 106

Thanks be to God because His Love last forever! We are on the right path when we praise God and practice justice habitually! Israel sinned against God several times—often right after He did a wonderful sign. But even though God punished them He never gave them up. He always kept loving and setting things right when they called. Blessed be God! Hallelujah! Amen!

Psalm 107

Thanks be to God! He took Israel out of slavery and helped them through desperate situations. Even when their situation was caused by God because of disobedience God still protected them. God helped them through high seas, floods, and gave them great harvests. They should appreciate what God has done for them.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

God's patience is longsuffering.

This will be repeated over and over again June 14th, but we get the phrase here. The Hebrew word for "love" here is hesed (heh-said). It's a difficult word to translate because it means about 15 English phrases. The American Standard Version of the Bible made up a new word, "lovingkindness." This encapsulates at least more of the meaning than the trite word "love." The entire psalm demonstrates this opening phrase when Israel consistently went against God and He had to punish them. But when they called out to Him He saved them. Every time. Praise God! His lovingkindness endures forever!

Happiness comes when we set things right.

I love these lines from Psalm 106, "You’re one happy man when you do what’s right, / one happy woman when you form the habit of justice" (v. 3, The Message). I know in my life I am happiest when I am setting things right in God's name—loving my neighbor as myself, loving and praising God. The times when I am down and depressed are the times when I am struggling not to hurt others. If you want to be happy, set things right in God's name.

God sets things right the way we need, not in a one-size-fits-all, programmatic way.

Psalm 107 provides a great description of how God sets things right for each person as they need. Some were in the wilderness and God helped them find a comfortable place to live. Some were in high seas and God kept them safe. Some were sick because of their lifestyle choices and God helped them. God doesn't have a certain set of abilities and anyone that has an issue outside of that niche has to look for another god. God can help every person in their specific needs—if they obey Him.
Obedience is the rub. Saul would not obey God and would not pray to Him. Because he would not pray to God, Saul died in his sin. The reason God cannot set things right for people who will not obey is not because of His limitation but because of their unwillingness to accept His help.

Have you appreciated God's deep love?

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