Psalm 107 is all about the steadfast love of the Lord; His covenant faithfulness to those He has redeemed. It begins with a call to thankfulness and declaration on account of the Lord’s steadfast love and ends with a call to attend to and consider the steadfast love of the Lord. In between, the psalmist shows four life experiences of how the Lord manifests His steadfast love to His people. And, each one reveals that God’s covenant faithfulness is known through loving discipline.
Because of redemption through Christ Jesus, God is not only our Judge, but He has become our Father (Rom 8:14-17; Gal 4:4-7; 1 John 3:1-3). As our Father, He lovingly and faithfully disciplines for our good and not our harm. God’s discipline results in righteousness and peace. By it our Lord faithfully conforms us to Christ and keeps us in His love. Hebrews 12:5-7, 10-11 says: And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons… he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
So today, as we are just beginning to reflect upon Psalm 107 let us be filled (heart and mouth) with thankfulness because of the disciplining steadfast love of the Lord.
O love that will not let me go, I rest myself in Thee.
Chuck Cook is the pastor of Grace Bible Church - Rolla.