Thursday, July 7, 2011

The People God is Able to Save

When I'm trying to get a point across I tend to repeat myself because  I want to make sure that people understand what I am saying .   God does the same thing in His Word.  Have you ever noticed that sometimes words or phrases are repeated within a passage of scripture?  I think it's because God is trying to make His point clear.

Psalm chapter 107 mentions four instances of people in distress and each time this phrase is repeated - "they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress."

The first instance is found in verse 4.  Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.  These people are lost, hungry, thirsty, and exhausted, originally referring to the Israelites in exile, but it applies to anyone who has not found the satisfaction that comes from knowing God.

The second instance is found in verse 10.  Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains.  Whether these people are in prison as punishment for their crimes, imprisoned for their faith, or victims of injustice, God wants to reach them with His love.

The third instance is found in verse 17.  Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins.  While it seems that these people have brought trouble upon themselves, God still offers them hope.  They can receive God's free gift of forgiveness and begin a new life.

The final instance is found in verse 23.  Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.  This refers, not only, to those who make a living on the sea, but also those buffeted by the seas of life.  Those people who feel like they are at the end of their rope can also receive help from the Lord. 


 These groups represent people that God is able to save.  The good news is that every single one of us fits into at least one of these categories, so that means that Jesus is able to save every single one of us.  All we have to do is cry out to Him. 

Jesus thinks YOU are someone worth dying for. 



Many blessings,

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11 comments:

  1. Amen sister. I love this. We are worth dying for no matter what lies we tell ourselves about not being worth it. God says we are worth it.

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  2. Lisa,

    the last line in this blog is my absolute favorite, Jesus thinks you are someone worht dying for, Amen to that!

    There are so many people who think they are too far gone for Jesus to reach them, oh boy are they wrong, they are the people that Jesus LOVES to reach out to, they are the ones He died for.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

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  3. It's hard to believe I am worth dying over, but Christ loves me so much that He did die for me. Great post.

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  4. Hi Lisa - I agree with Kandi - the last line is awesome. And how can anyone say the word is not relevant for people today?
    Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Amen Lisa. When we experience feelings of low self-worth, it's important to remember that God thinks enough of us that he sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die for our sins... That sounds like a pretty amazing endorsement to me!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  6. Love that song...no one is out of the reach of the love of God...but unless we tell them they will not know!

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  7. This is a beautiful post! I am so thankful that God is able and available to come to us as "the comforter," in our distress. Love the new blog too!!:) So glad to be reading yuour writing again!

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  8. Awesome post Lisa,
    Yes, Jesus is mighty to save.

    Blessings
    Ken

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  9. Really a wonderful song, sat here and cried like a baby listening to it.
    Thank you for the encouraging comment & prayers on my blog.
    In His joy,
    Hugs
    C

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  10. "Jesus thinks YOU are someone worth dying for."

    I have never thought about it like that before. That is so true. Thanks for posting this today :) ~Kelly

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  11. I love this psalm; a passage of scripture reminds me I'm never too far to come home.

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