FCAMA Lenten Devotion – Tuesday, March 17, 2015

“God is a Fierce Lover” – Psalm 107:1-32

“Lord, help, they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress” (Ps 107:13; NLT)

Psalm 107:1-32 is loaded with one story after another of people who were determined to go their own way without God.  In His fierce, jealous love; He allows them to go their own way.  In time they discover they made a mess of things and find themselves in dire circumstances.

Even though their chains of imprisonment are of their own making; if their repentance is real; He comes as a fierce, raging lover to rescue them.  For example:

“Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery.  They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the most High.  That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them.  ‘Lord, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains.  Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.  Foe he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron” (Psalm 107:10-16, NLT)

Thank you God for loving us so fiercely that you allow us to get in trouble when we are determined to go our own way.  But, with that same fierceness you will rescue us when we repent.  Help us to be smart enough to not keep doing the same thing over.

The Rev. Stephen C. Floyd, First Church of the Nazarene

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