Psalm 107 gives a great picture of how God gets our attention when we fail to figure it out on our own. I call it the ‘2X4’ approach because God has had to do this very thing in my life – whack me upside the head with a heavy 2X4 to get my attention. The psalmist has seen and likely experienced this in his own life. But he starts the chapter reminding us of the foundation for all God’s interaction with us – His goodness. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever”! The Lord is good – always and in all ways!
The writer goes on to remind us we need to let those around us know so. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so”. We’re all sinners, and if we’ve been redeemed and saved by His grace and mercy, we need to let those around us in on the answer to their sin problem. We have the only solution there is to the outcome of sin – which is death and eternal separation from God. We are compelled to tell others who haven’t found the cure to sin where to find it. There’s only one place – Jesus Christ – but as redeemed people we need to share that story.
The writer calls out some different folks who struggle to see God’s hand in their life. He describes their obliviousness to God’s hand around them:
- “Some wandered in desert wastes
- Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death
- Some were fools
- Some went down to the sea in ships”
How people respond to God is all over the board. Some bury themselves in work, some choose rebellion, some just ignore Him, some live in a pity party, but many miss God and His love. In every case, when people in these different states of denial finally come to their senses and call upon God, “He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things”. God hears and responds and rescues when we call.
The psalmist makes it clear – we all are in need of a Savior. And the good news for us is that God has provided that exact solution – Jesus Christ. The question is only what we’ll do with God’s free offer of grace and mercy through Christ. Will we humble ourselves, confess, repent and receive His grace. Or will we be stubborn and prideful and continue to try and deal with things on our own. The counsel is clear. “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord”. God’s solution is the better way. It is based on His steadfast love that never ends and provides an eternal outcome that is superior to anything we can even dream or imagine. Are you attending to these thing – to getting your eternity secure and in place through God’s offer of grace?