One Thing 6/19/17

Ps. 107:1, Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
8, Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
15, Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
21, Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
31, Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
43 Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the LORD.
I quoted all those verses from Ps. 107 so that you would see the theme of this Psalm. Throughout this Psalm, and its complementary Psalm 106, there are examples of God’s people
rebelling, and then in desperation crying out to God, and God’s redemptive rescue over and over again. The message isn’t about mans sin, but about God’s goodness and lovingkindness. Notice in particular what verse 43 says about wisdom. It says that the Wise consider the lovingkindness of the Lord. My whole Christian life all I’ve ever heard about wisdom is from Proverbs 9:10, which says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The Lord showed me from Psalm 107 that the fear of the Lord may be the beginning of wisdom, but it’s only the beginning. Ps. 107 says that the Wise, in other words, the completion of wisdom, is to consider, or contemplate the loving kindness of God. The fear of the Lord is to remember how Big He is; but the completion of wisdom is remembering how Good He is. To live with wisdom, you can’t stop at the beginning, you have to complete the journey by living your life certain of His goodness.

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