Morning devotion: Read Psalm 107

Psalms 107:23  ¶They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. 25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. 27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. 28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. 30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 32  Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

This portion of Psalm 107 is indicative of the mariner out on life’s seas. The soul that is self confident at the start, going about his business on the great waters.

He sees wonders and works of the LORD. He sees how waves rise and fall by the tempest of the wind. The waves literally reach to the heavens then fall again.

We often go about our business in life being self confident of what is about to take place. We see the wonders of God and revel in His great works.

Then, almost without notice, the storms of life take over. They come swiftly and hard.

26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. 27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

I am reminded of several storms in the Bible. Jonah went through a storm, Peter and the disciples went through a storm, and Paul the apostle went through a storm.

Jonah 1:4  ¶But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5  Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6  So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

These mariners, were going about their business, they took Jonah’s fair and were hired to transport him safely to another port. Yet, in their seemingly pleasant life, God sent a storm. No one saw it coming. The first thing they did was call upon God to spare them.

Verse 28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

I am reminded of the storm in Mark 4:37  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Verse 28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

May I remind you, that in both cases, it was the Lord that stilled the storms. It was the Lord that calmed the seas. He can calm the seas of your life as well. He can calm the troubles and worries of eternity.

More storms are coming, we will all experience them. That is inevitable. Job 5:6  ¶Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; 7  Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

The question is this, where will you go to find relief in the storm? We find our relief in the LORD. Verse 30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

It is the Lord who stills the heart in the midst of the storm. It is the Lord who can still the storm.

There is another great storm coming. Luke 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Will your faith be in the Lord during that storm?

Verse 31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 32  Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook