Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say It! (PSALM 107)

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Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
And gathered from the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
Psalm 107:1-3
 
Psalm 107 calls for thanksgiving to be given to God at least six times within the text. The Psalm begins with the call for those God has rescued to “say so”. The saying so would be done in the form of thanksgiving vs, 1,8,15,21, 22,31. This could be with prayer, singing, or praise vs. 22,32.
 
According to Psalm 107, we should give thanks to God for rescuing us from the hand of the enemy vs. 1-7.
We should give thanks to God for HIS patience and providence vs. 8-14.
We should give thanks to God for humbling us when we sin and forgiving us when we cry out to HIM vs 15-20.
We should give thanks to the Lord for providing us with a bridge over troubled waters and a worthy vessel through stormy seas vs 21-30.
We should give thanks to the Lord because of HIS sovereign rule over nature and the realm of men vs. 31-42.
 
The psalmist ends this exhalation with an admonition
 
“Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the loving kindnesses of the LORD.” vs 43
 
Has God blessed you Christian? Think about it today then give thanks to the Lord for HE is Good!
 
Therefore LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO.
 
God bless you
 
Jerry Groves
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Spiritual Amnesia (Psalm 106)

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Praise the LORD!
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2 Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the LORD,
Or can show forth all His praise?
3 How blessed are those who keep [c]justice,
Who practice righteousness at all times!
4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor [e]toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation *Psalm 106:1-4
 
As Psalm 105 illustrated the importance of reminiscing on God’s goodness and praising HIM Psalm 106 demonstrates the consequences of forgetting.
As the history lesson was mostly positive in 105 so the dark side of Israel’s history is shown in 106.
 
Forgetting God’s grace and not being thankful and committed to God caused them to sin.
 
“ We have sinned [g]like our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.
Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;
They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,
Psalm 106:6-7
 
They often forgot of God’s deliverance of them from Egyptian bondage and through the Red Sea. So they nagged, complained, and tested HIM.
 
“They quickly forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
But craved intensely in the wilderness,
And tempted God in the desert.
So He gave them their request,
But sent a wasting disease among them.”
Psalm 106:13-15
 
Forgetting the one true God caused their rebellious hearts to turn to idolatry. God spoke of annihilating them but Moses intervened.
 
“They made a calf in Horeb
And worshiped a molten image.
Thus they exchanged their glory
For the image of an ox that eats grass.
They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
Wonders in the land of Ham
And awesome things by the Red Sea.
Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.”
Psalm 106:19-23.
 
They became so wicked that nothing was sacred. They were influenced by the wicked people of the land whom the Lord commanded them to destroy Psalm 106:33-36
 
“They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with the blood.”
Psalm 106:37-38
 
God’s prognoses for their spiritual amnesia was to have them conquered and carried off by other nations vs 40-43
 
Though Israel was forgetful, the Lord is faithful and remembered HIS covenant. For HIS name’s sake, HE redeemed HIS forgetful children back from captivity vs 44-46.
 
Thus Psalm 106 ends as it began with praise
 
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise he LORD! Psalm 106:48.
We must never develop spiritual amnesia and forget what God has done for us.
 
” But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8
 
Less we, like Israel, turn to the influences of the world, commit despicable sins against our Savior, and incur HIS wrath.
 
God bless you
 
Jerry Groves
 
 
 
 
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Remember What God Has Done For You (Psalm 105)

 

a thinking person 2 images“Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
4 Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
5 Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth”
Psalm 105:1-5

Of the, at least, ten imperatives (commands) in the first five verses of Psalm 105, notice they begin with being thankful and end with remembering God’s wonders and God’s word.

The people of God were commanded to glorify God based on reminiscing on what HE had done for them.

We are to remember that God remembers…

“His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant” vs 8-9

We are to remember…

“God called for a famine upon the land;
He broke the whole staff of bread.
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
They afflicted his feet with fetters,
He himself was laid in irons;
Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the LORD [h]tested him.
The king sent and released him,
The ruler of peoples, and set him free.
He made him lord of his house
And ruler over all his possessions,’ vs 16-21

We must remember…

“He turned their heart to hate His people,
To deal craftily with His servants.
He sent Moses His servant,
And Aaron, whom He had chosen.
They performed His wondrous acts among them,
And miracles in the land of Ham.” Vs 25-27

God remembered…
“His holy word
With Abraham His servant;
And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful shout.” Vs 42-43

Christians must remember

We “are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you]belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise Galatians 3:26-29.

We are to remember how God has blessed us and saved us from our sins by HIS Son Jesus. In order to glorify HIS name, keep HIS statutes, observe HIS laws, and praise HIS name Psalm 105:45.

Therefore let’s not forget what God has done for us and let’s praise God’s name forever!

God bless you

Jerry Groves

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GOD IS VERY GREAT! (Psalm 104)

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Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
2 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
4 he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire *Psalm 104:1-4

In many church services, the call and response is made, “God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. A dear soul would then chime in “HE’s better than that!. This is the sentiment of Psalm 104. God is better than good HE is very great.

Consider the provided outline of this exultation and see why our God is very great!

I. God is the very great Creator 1-9.

II. God is the very great provider 10-23.

III. God is the very great life-giver, sustainer, & life-taker 24-30.

IV. God is the very great and holy one, worthy of our worship 31-35.

Because God is very great…

“I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!”
*Psalm 104:33-35.

God bless you

Jerry Groves

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A Reason To Smile (Blessing The LORD) Psalm 103.

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 103:1-5
Psalm 103 is pure praise. Praise summoned from one’s soul by reminiscing on the LORD God and all of HIS wonderful blessings.
Just reading it should cause us to smile.
Bless the LORD for HIS benefits
HE pardons and heals. HE redeems, crowns, and satisfies, HE makes HIS ways known vs 1-6
Bless the LORD for HIS attributes
“The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. vs 9-13
Bless the LORD for HE knows our frame that we are but dust but HIS loving-kindness and mercy is from everlasting to everlasting for those who fear HIM and keep HIS covenant!
Vs. 14-18
Bless the LORD for HIS Majesty
“The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul! vs 19-22″
We are what we eat.
We feel, act, and react by what we think. Our thoughts are formed by the things we dwell on. TURN OFF THE NEWS AND YOU’LL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. Then open your Bible and read Psalm 103, reminisce on God’s greatness and HIS boundless blessings. A smile should permeate our faces as gratitude fills our souls and we too shout with joyful adoration
BLESS THE LORD OH MY SOUL!
Praise GOD
Jerry Groves
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Hear, Help, Forgive, Deliver (Psalm 103)

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Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
Psalm 102:1-3
Psalm 102 takes us from the praise hymns of the several before it into a deep lament. A lament is a prayer (in this case) which is a petition to be delivered from sadness and suffering.
A brief outline of Psalm 102
I. Hear me Lord I am suffering 1-7
II. My enemies are relentless and my days like a shadow 8-11
III. The Lord is everlasting, and HE hears our prayers 12-18
IV. The LORD sees, hears, and delivers 19-28
Some believe this lament psalm was written by one of the Judean exiles longing to return to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity vs. 13-16, 21,22; Jeremiah 25:11.
The fatigue of crying out to God had wearied his body and isolated him away from God’s holy place.
Because of my loud groaning
my bones cling to my flesh.
6 I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl of the waste places;
7 I lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
8 All the day my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
Yet, in the midst of his suffering, he maintained his trust in God. He acknowledged his sin and repented vs. 9
For God is everlasting, merciful, and gracious. HIS righteous discipline on HIS repentant children does not last forever.Thus he ends his prayer in hope.
O my God,” I say, “take me not away
in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
throughout all generations!”
25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you.
In the midst of our troubles, trials, and discipline from the Lord, we must stand firm in the faith, repent when appropriate, and trust in HIS HOLY NAME.
Allow God to wipe your tears away today.
God bless you
Jerry Groves
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GOD first, Me, Others, “First Praise”. (Psalm 101)

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I will sing of lovingkindness and justice,
To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
Psalm 101:1
Psalm 101 begins by praising God, the place where we should start each and every day. God’s steadfast love, mercy, and justice are magnificent and worthy of our first praise.
King David moved for praising God’s matchless character to committing himself to God’s virtuous way, which is found in God’s righteous word.
I will give heed to the blameless way.
When will You come to me?
Psalm 101:2a
After affirming God as the focal point of his life, David is determined to regulate himself, in light of God’s will.
I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will know no evil.
Psalm 1012b-4
David’s keys to walking blamelessly with God are…
Guarding his heart (inward thoughts) * Proverbs 4:23.
Shielding his eyes ( avoiding lewdness and sin) * Proverbs 4:25.
Next David, after adjusting his sight (as Jesus teaches * Matthew 7:1-5), looked to the behavior of others through the lenses of God’s way.
As King, David would repel the wicked and reward the righteous Psalm 101:5-8.
“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy;
No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.
He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who speaks falsehood shall not [h]maintain his position before me.
Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.”
When we open our eyes, “first thing in the morning”, we should contemplate God’s goodness and praise HIS holy name. Then we should examine ourselves in light of God’s will, finally consider the company we keep. Otherwise, we can walk throughout our days with blind spots.
Blind spots toward God (by not acknowledging HIM nor obeying HIS word).
Blind spots toward ourselves when we refuse to vet our thoughts, behavior, and decisions by God’s word.
Blind spots toward others (either being overly critical or enabling of sinful behavior) when we trust in emotion devoid of God’s truth.
Merely having the use of optical senses does not necessarily mean we can see clearly. We all have our blind spots.
In order to see clearly, (spiritually speaking), we must all look to God first, examine ourselves in light of HIS word, and then to others through the lenses of God’s truth.
Rise and shine!
God bless you!
Jerry Groves
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The What, How,& Why of Praising Almighty God! (Psalm 100).

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Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100
Psalm 100 is a praise hymn, in which all creation is compelled to worship our Creator. Within this compact yet power-packed psalm, worshippers are told the “what, how, and why”, we are to pay homage to the one true God.
What? Shout, serve, know, come, enter, give thanks, bless (are all imperatives/command-like verbs).
How? Joyfully, with gladness, thanksgiving, & praise.
Why? Because God is the only God. HE made us HE and cares for us. Because HE is good, merciful, and faithful forever. Because we are HIS and HE is ours.
The people of God are commanded to praise our worthy God with joy and thanksgiving in Psalm 100! Let’s spend today doing just that. AMEN!
God bless you
Jerry Groves
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Glorifying God (Psalm 99)

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The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble;
He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
The LORD is great in Zion,
And He is exalted above all the peoples.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name;
Holy is He *Psalm 99:1-3
God’s presence is overwhelming. It causes the psalmist to command reverence, for nations to tremble, and the foundations of the earth to quake. The manifestation of HIS presence appeared once a year to the high Priest to make atonement for the sins of his chosen.
The strength of the King loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the LORD our God
And worship at His footstool;
Holy is He. Psalm 99:4-5
God’s might is legendary. He causes the enormous oceans to skip like a calf at the sound of HIS voice. HE Loves what’s right, and HE executes righteousness & justice equally for all. Including the widow, orphan, poor, and alien.
Moses and Aaron were among His priests,
And Samuel was among those who called on His name;
They called upon the LORD and He answered them.
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
They kept His testimonies
And the statute that He gave them
O LORD our God, You answered them;
You were a forgiving God to them,
And yet an avenger of their evil deeds *Psalm 99:6-8.
Like the sublime servants of old who called upon the DIVINE, SET APART ONE, in times of trouble. With whom God veiled HIS face, for they could not look upon it and live, but HE spoke through a theophany (manifestation of deity), the pillar of cloud, which led them heard them, blessed. and disciplined them.
The Lord gave them water from the rock in their wilderness wandering and fed them with the bread of heaven. HE  forgave them for their sins yet disciplined them for their iniquities.
At least three times we are implored to glorify and worship God.
The first is because God reigns
The second is because God is mighty, just, and righteous.
The third is because God hears HIS faithful children’s prayers, forgives us when we fall, but disciplines us when we become proud.
Therefore, let us
“Exalt the LORD our God
And worship at His holy hill,
For holy is the LORD our God.”
Psalm 99:9
God bless you
Jerry Groves
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Make A Joyful Noise To The LORD (Psalm 98)

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PSALM 98 CALLS ON ALL OF CREATION TO SING PRAISES TO THE LORD
Oh sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The LORD has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
PRAISE HIM FOR HIS SALVATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS
5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the LORD, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS JUDGEMENT
The faithful can praise God in all three choruses of Psalm 98 but the singing will cease for most who refuse Jesus’s initiation wholeheartedly, to come to Him, and will face His righteous judgment, unprepared.
Hear the Saviors call
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29.
Answer the call in faith Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17; in repentance Luke 13:3,5, in confessing Jesus to be the messiah Matthew 16:16, in faithful immersion (baptism) in water for the forgiveness of sins Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16, in living faithfully unto/until death Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10.
Then our praise can continue throughout eternity, as we together, in thankfulness and awe, make a joyful noise to the LORD!
God bless you
Jerry Groves
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