Daily Devotional

His Unfailing Love

by Simon Whitton

23 Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits' end.
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

Psalm 107:23-31 (NIV)

Here merchants were going about their business when God stirred up a storm in their lives.  This caused them to come to their wits' end and cry out to the Lord for help.  The Lord responded and saved them, bringing calmness and guiding them to safety; which resulted in thanks to the Lord and acknowledgement of His unfailing love.

If you read this whole psalm, it gives several different examples of this formula, but with different types of trials.  There is the desert trial, then imprisonment in darkness and gloom, then suffering as a result of rebellion and then this: the trial of the storm.

The basic formula is: God brings trouble, the people cry out to God for help, God saves them, and they give thanks to the Lord for His love and deeds.  This is an excellent snapshot of how the Lord often works in our lives.

The Lord brings trials, difficulty and hardship into lives. He does this because of His love for us.  God wants more than a surface relationship with us.  He wants us to know Him intimately, and that often requires that we are brought to the place where we cry out to Him.

God delights in revealing His love by wonderful deeds of deliverance.  Whether it's calming the sea and guiding you, or setting the captive free, satisfying the hungry, or saving from distress.

Are you in the midst of some sort of trial right now?  Know that it is God who has brought this into your life and cry out to Him as the true source of deliverance.  Ask Him to reveal His love to you.

Perhaps God has delivered you from a difficult situation.  Give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

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