PART 17: THE HEALING WORLD OF God Psalms 107:20

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

This Psalms begin the fifth Book of Psalms. They (Psalms) praise God's works; record the blessings of righteous living, thank God for deliverance and praise God for his wonderful Word. This Psalms also reminds us that the most perfect sacrifice we can offer God is a faithful and obedient life.

Words of thanks should constantly be on the lips of those God has saved. The author of this Psalms writes to celebrate the Jews return from exile in Babylon.

107:1. "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever."

There are four different types of people in distress noted here:

1. Those that Wander 107:3-7

2. Prisoners' 107:10-16

3. The sick 107:17-20

4. The Storm Tossed 107:23-30

As God rescues them there is no calamity that will prevent God from helping us.

107:2. "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the


In Psalms 103 we saw when we should give thanks to the Lord for all He has done for us. Thus God wants us to proclaim to all that He is great and His mercy and blessings are everlasting. However, this verse is not a mandate or order from God to witness. But this verse reveals that those who live for God will not be able to keep the glory of God to themselves. (See Acts 1:8 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

107:17. Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted."

This verse reveals that men may bring afflictions and other evil conditions on themselves.

Therefore one who works transgression and iniquity is a fool.

Related Scripture:

Isaiah 65:6-7. The New Heaven and The New Earth.

"Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom."

Judgment is the Lord's, because the Lord is a just God. Thus, in this passage God promises to repay the people for their sins.

107:19. "Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses."

Even though some people only call on God when they are in trouble God does not ignore them. Thus God is merciful and just and when a soul is in trouble and makes a sincere appeal to God he is never tuned down.

107:20. "He sent his word, and healed them, and deliver them from destruction."

There is a need for spiritual healing and physical healing. However, the word of God heals all needs.

Related Scripture:

2 Kings 20:5 and 4, 6. Hezekiah's healing.

"Turn again and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus said the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: On the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord."

Over a 1000 year period Hezekiah had been the only faithful king in Judah. Hezekiah was faithful and prayed without ceasing. God healed him, Faith and prayer can bring about a change in your life.

Matthew 8:8 & 5-9. A Roman soldier demonstrates faith.

8:7. "And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him."

Jesus had not been requested to come to the home of the centurion. He was able to give absent treatment as effectively as otherwise. However, the proposal to come to the centurion’s home was an expression of complete faith.

In verse 8 we see why the centurion had not asked Jesus to come to his home. He did not feel worthy of such a guest. He therefore was to be satisfied with absent treatment and expressed this belief.

107:43. "Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving- kindness of the Lord."

A wise man observes the goodness of God. It is written and observed that those that have suffered greatly mature under hardships. Hence those who have not suffered may not appreciate God as much. Those who have seen God work during times of distress have a deep insight into God's loving-kindness. Thus if you have experienced great trails, you have the potential for great praise.

Cont. Part 18: A Right Time For Everything: Healing (Ecclesiastes 3:3)

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