During his days as guest lecturer at Calvin Seminary, R. B. Kuiper once used the following illustration of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility: “I liken them to two ropes going through two holes in the ceiling and over a pulley above. If I wish to support myself by th … More
This hymn of praise explains how the Lord has the power to change things. His authority is limitless. He can reverse the condition of anything and therefore the way of life for anybody. In this passage we see how the Lord has great power over nature (vv. 33-39). He is sovereign and can restrain His blessings should He desire or He can give them in abundance if He so chooses. All around them the Jews could see the harvest of hundreds of years of rebellion and apostasy in the ruined cities and barren fields. This was once a land that flowed with milk and honey. It is a fact of life that wickedness brings judgment and repentance brings blessing. This barrenness and desolation was a payment for generation after generation of life in defiance to the Word of God. Israel had ignored the laws of God and followed in the foolish worship of the pagans.
We need to remember that the deliverances we experience comes from the good hand of God. When we are delivered from afflictions and distress, our deliverance has not come by chance. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23).
No matter what I am facing in my life, I need to remember that God is working out a plan dictated by His loving kindness and His power. He is sovereign and always knows what is best.
He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish. When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow, he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks. The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth. Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.
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Psalms 104:1-9The Foundation Work of Creation
Psalms 104:10-23The Works of Creation
Psalms 104:24-35All Life Comes From God
Psalms 105:1-12God’s goodness to His People
Psalms 105:13-25The Story of Joseph in Egypt
Psalms 105:26-36Miracles Performed by Moses And Aaron
Psalms 105:37-45God’s Miraculous Provisions For Israel
Psalms 106:1-15A Nation Asks For Forgiveness
Psalms 106:16-27The Nation Exhibits Gross Unbelief
Psalms 106:28-39Blasphemy in The Place of Blessing
Psalms 106:40-48God’s Mercy is Not Limited to My Faithfulness
Psalms 107:1-9Celebrating The Jews Return From Babylonian Exile
Psalms 107:10-22Prisoners Are Delivered From Bondage
Psalms 107:23-32Sailors Are Delivered From a Troubled Sea
Psalms 107:33-43Our Steps Are Ordered by The Lord
Psalms 108:1-13With God’s Help we Can Do More Than we Think
Psalms 109:1-13Allow God to Take Care of Our Enemies
Psalms 109:14-20A Call For God to Judge The Wicked
Psalms 109:21-31The Difference Between Anger And Anguish
Psalms 110:1-7Jesus is The Messiah