Morning devotion: Read Psalm 107

Psalms 107:33  He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 34  A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. 35  He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. 36  And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; 37  And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. 38  He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. 39  Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. 40  He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. 41  Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. 42  The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. 43  Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Today, we are going to look at the divine providence of the LORD. This Psalm can be looked at through the lens of God’s providence to Israel and how they were up and down in their relationship with the LORD. We can also see the relationship of man with the LORD as well.

As we saw with the mariner in verses 23-32, God had a hand in the mariners life. The mariner experienced good and then destitution and then good when he experiences the LORD.

In the last portion this Psalm we shall see the divine providence of the LORD in man’s world.

The thing we must remember is this, man proposes, God disposes. Proverbs 27:1  ¶Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

James 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Psalms 107:33  He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 34  A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Exodus 15 the water was bitter water and Israel could not drink. Water was there but it was as dry ground. The Lord showed him a tree which he cast into the water and it became palatable water.

Psalm 107:35  He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. 36  And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; 37  And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. 38  He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

Exodus 17:1  And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

Exodus 17:6  Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

This is none other than a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ providing a wellspring of water to those who believe. 1 Corinthians 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Psalm 107: 39  Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. 40  He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

Psalm 107: 41  Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

It is the Lord’s hand that works, it is man that proposes and God disposes. Yet, through it all, we trust in the Lord.

Psalms 107:42  The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. 43  Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

C.H. Spurgeon said “Divine providence causes joy to God’s true people; they see the hand of the Lord in all things, and delight to study the ways of his justice and of his grace.”

The believer in Christ, knows the working of Christ and the divine providence is evident through in the heart and mind of the believer.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook