PSALM 107:25-30

25. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

26. Those aboard mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight.

27. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end — all their wisdom has come to nothing.

28. Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.

29. He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.

30. Then the men are glad because of their calm, and He brings them to their desired haven. Amp.

Psalm 107 shows how man over and over enters the rough water of trials and comes to their wit’s end and when they cry to the Lord, He delivers them. This is the way of the life of a Christian. This is how we grow. If there are no tests, there is no growing. The best way to end all trials is to be content with where you are and not go any further in the Kingdom of God. But that will leave you with a stagnant heart that will only deteriorate and eventually fall away.

I have said this before. A very spiritual missionary teacher that I was blessed to be taught by when I was just starting my walk with Jesus, taught me about fasting. She said that when you fast it is like the Lord takes a big spoon and digs down inside of you and stirs everything up. Then we can see what is deep down inside of us that we do not know is there.

That is also how the trials should affect each of us. He knows what we need. We have to see our need for ourselves and pray for Him to change us. That is His way. And that is what Psalm 107 is about. We sometimes are brought to our wit’s end or the end of ourselves before we can die to something inside of us that stops us from going forward.

The Lord is so good and always desiring to bless us. He never enjoys our suffering but knows how much happier we will be when it is all over and we are changed. That is why it also says over and over that men should always praise the Lord for His goodness and wonderful works.

In any trial or fasting or suffering that we endure we must have the right attitude and a thankful, positive spirit or it will drag on and on. We all want the victory, the sooner the better. There have been many times for me in a trial that I was stuck in a murmuring state and knew I should not be. We must be honest with ourselves and with the Lord and then help will come.

One thing I have learned when I am not thankful for the pain and suffering, I must focus on what I do have and thank the Lord for all He has done for me. That is usually when things start to change for the better. We should then be blessed with a blessed afterward.

SONGS — AWAKE MY CAPTAIN — I’LL BE THERE — PHIL DRISCOLL

COVENANT CHILDREN

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