A Prayer of the Wise
Do you have a favorite Psalm? Is there one that speaks to you more than another? If I had to make a short list, Psalm 107 would be on it. I love all 43 verses, but the final verse encompasses the theme of the Psalm, which is a reminder to the wise.
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD. Psalm 107:43
Do you have a history with God? Can you think back to a time in your life when you made the decision to follow Jesus, asking Him to forgive your sin? It’s that moment a person becomes a Christian or believer in Christ, beginning a relationship that will last through eternity.
Maybe the time was a drastic shift for you. It’s possible you were young and there is not much memory of the specifics. One thing is sure, there comes a point when every believer in Christ realized they needed rescuing from what they could not save themselves from.
This set of verses is a call for the reader to be thankful for God reaching for her, to remember what He has done, and to consider these things.
Most of us will have different stories or testimonies for how God made the need known and provided the remedy. And this is the reason I love Psalm 107. It’s basically a combination of different ways God rescues and redeems all sorts of people from trouble. The writer takes the time to go through this litany because he deems it wise.
Some wandered in desert wastes finding no way to a city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty their soil fainted within. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:4-6
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So He bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:10-13
Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; the loathed any kind of food and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:17-19
Some went down to the sea in ships doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. For He commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:23-28
What do all of these scenarios have in common? Trouble. That’s what. Not one situation leaves a person any recourse for saving themselves. We all need a Savior. And the Psalmist calls it wisdom to remember our need, to thank God for it, and consider what has been accomplished.
A Prayer of the Wise
Today is a perfect day to do just that. It is my joy to and privilege to pray over you right here and now.
I thank you for seeking out my friend. You reached toward her in her need, in her desperation, in her trouble. Thank you for reaching toward her, but I also thank you for rescuing her. Heaven only knows what could have happened to her without your pursuit and remedy. For redeeming her and giving her new life evermore, I thank you. Give her a heart of wisdom that regularly remembers from where you have brought her. And give this precious soul a mind that ponders such sacrifice, love, and care done on her behalf. Bless her. Lead her. And always pursue her.
In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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