WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD
(from Psalm 107: 25-31)
A few weeks ago I was reading in Psalms and came across a verse that stood out to me: "He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still." Psalm 107: 29 At the time I was needing reassurance during a time of storms of various kinds in my life. So I didn't pay much attention to the verses preceding verse 29. Today while reading a devotional book, the author brought out some things I had missed.
I had only dwelt on God's ability to CALM the storms. I had not given too much thought to the fact that sometimes God CAUSES the storms! "For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits'end." Psalm 107: 25-27
Sometimes God uses the storms of life to get our attention and make us realize that we need Him. "Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses:" (Psalm 107: 28)
And THEN...after we realize our need and cry unto Him..."He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still." (Psalm 107: 29)
And what should our response be when God calms our storms? "Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven." (Psalm 107: 30)
We should be glad! But not glad only, but also thankful. "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107: 31)
When God rescues you from a storm, praise Him for it! Praise Him in private, praise Him in public! Praise Him morning, noon, and night!
Praising Him today for all that He has done!