A Devotional Journey
led by Dr Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Psalm 107 begins Book 5 of the psalms. It proclaims the steadfast or unshakable love of God which causes Him to hear and respond to the prayers of those in need. The occasion for the psalm may have been the celebration of the return of God's people from the Babylonian exile and their expression of gratitude for His mercy in preserving them. It closes with an admonition that whoever is wise should heed God=s greatness and consider the great love of the LORD.
Psalm 108 begins with praise for God's greatness then (v.6) pleads for deliverance from enemies. The situation is serious; however, the writer's trust in God is complete. His power is beyond challenge and in His support is certain victory.
Psalm 109 portrays the desperate prayer of one who has been slandered. Even though he has offered friendship the author has encountered hatred and hostility. He calls out for God's vengeance in the harshest terms as he has been badly abused and is in a weakened state (v. 24). Then comes the ringing affirmation (v. 31): For [the LORD] stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him [falsely].
Psalm 110 is frequently referred to in the New Testament as pointing to Christ (see Matthew 22:43-45; Mark 12:36-37; Luke 20:42-44; Acts 2:34-36; Hebrews 5:6-10; 7:11-28). Of all the psalms this is seen as the most prophetic of the Messiah.
God is the One who is always reliable. The word steadfast or unshakable is an important word in the Old Testament descriptions of God, whose love is everlasting. Do you believe that? When you fail miserably, do you believe it? When circumstances and people work against you, do you believe it? When you run out of energy and do not know what to do next, do you believe it?
Do you ever spend time thinking about revenge? Or, perhaps more likely, about the just rewards some person or group should receive? The psalm writer puts revenge in God''s control. He asks God to exact it, but recognizes that it is not his to produce (in the case of the Psalm 109 this appears to be mostly because he feels powerless to act himself).
The reason we need to leave vengeance to God is that it takes too much out of our lives to either dwell on it or act it out. Our healing and health does not come out of our actions to revenge ourselves but out of our growth in relating to God. Today when you feel unfairly treated or like reacting in anger to someone else, step away (at least mentally) and give the situation to God, asking Him to heal your hurt and enable you to avoid aggravating it through destructive actions towards others.
Let God build His strength into your life, and He will!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010