I was reading a bit of psalm 107 and Nehemiah 9 because they were recommended (separately) as favorites by someone lol and I want to talk about Psalm 107 first and then a sweet truth that connects them.
1. Verse 2 says, “let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He has redeemed them”
That definitely made me feel like I’m not proclaiming enough. He’s so good and so faithful and every other amazing quality x100, & I still, time and time again, allow fear and doubt to keep me from spreading the Gospel. It’s sad but it’s real life spiritual warfare and it’s a real life work in progress.
2. Verses 4-9 hit me with such a vivid metaphor. How often are we wandering in desolate wilderness (spending time doing things that do nothing for us); how many times are we hungry and thirsty for God- our spirits failing within us when we are lost in those desolate areas of our mind or the world?
But it says they cried out to God and He rescued them. How many times have I wandered away and gotten lost in the world or lost in my mind and then called out to Jesus and He’s rescued me?
He has continuously led my brain and my life and my actions and my words down the right path to lead me to a city, or mindset, where I can live freely in His grace. ”Let me give thanks to the Lord, for His love is FAITHFUL”
Speaking of faithful love,,,
In Psalm 107:13, after it tells us about people who rebelled against God and were met with broken spirits, it says, “then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them from their distress.”
We see this again in Nehemiah 9:17, where people refused to listen to Him and forgot all that He has done & worshipped a calf- but then it says, “but You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and You did not abandon them.” I absolutely love these verses and the promise that they hold. No matter what you have done in the past, what you’re doing right now, or what you are bound to mess up in the future, our God is kind & compassionate. He is faithful until the very end and He does not give up on us, ever. Doesn’t that just make you want to scream & shout & dance with thanksgiving??