4TH BENEFIT OF PRAISING GOD

It is such a thrill discovering the 6 benefits of praising God in Psalm 107. We have looked at the first benefit as God satisfies the longing of our soul with goodness; second, He saves us while in distresses; the third benefit is He healed and delivered them from destruction.

Our fourth benefit is “He calms the storm, so that its waves are still…then He guides them to their desired haven” (Ps. 107:29, 30; 89:9). In Mark 4:37 Jesus calmed the raging sea by saying, “Peace be still!” He can and will calm our sea of life when it rages, even with His peace. He will bring peace even in the middle of any storm (compare Psalm 89:9; 65:7; 93:3-4).

This is seen clearly in the account of a severe storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had been preaching on the western shore of this Sea. To escape the crowds, Jesus He to go to the eastern shore where there were not any large towns and hence not many people, to have a rest. He and His disciples loaded in the ship (Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 14:31-32).

In the night, a terrible tempest arose and His disciples feared for their life. Jesus was fast asleep. When they felt like they would die, they awoke Him. He immediately calmed that storm and said to them, “How is it that you have no faith?”

In our storms of life, Jesus will calm our storm and guide us to where we need to go. Trials of life are designed to shape our destiny to be the person God meant for us to be. As it says in James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” God is constantly working on us.

James 1:12 states, “Blessed is the man (or woman) who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. When we withstand our storms and not get angry, but allow them to teach us, we will grow in victory. We, all, must realize that God is in control and He wants His best for us. In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God tells us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

One purpose of a storm of life is to increase our faith (Mark 4:40). How do we increase our faith? We must know the Word of God so that we begin to understand who God is and what He has done for us. When we study to discover that we have an extraordinary God and stand on His promises in His Word, our faith will soar.

God’s Word says in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” When we remind God of His promises, He will stand by them. When God moves in our life with those promises, our faith will grow. Every one, at the time of salvation, is given the same measure of faith. It is our job to grow in faith. We must study to know His promises and ask Him to fulfill them in our life. This will cause your faith to grow.

Not only does He grow our faith through His Word, but He will guide us by His Word. In our promise today—“He calms the storm…then, He guides us to our desired haven: (Psalm 107:29-30) “The Word of God is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105, 130, compare verse 35); Proverbs 6:23).

In Psalm 32:8 God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you withy My eye” (compare Psalm 48:14; 73:24; Isaiah 58:11). Also, in Psalm 37:23 God reveals, “The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Remember, “the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13)

The secret to responding correctly in storms of life is to allow God to be the boss of your life. Allow Him to lead and guide you, as your pilot. He, alone, knows best what we all need, not what we want. We see in Romans 8:26-28 that God knows that we do not know how to pray as we ought, because we tend to pray for our selfish desires. God alone knows what is the very best for all of us. He sees our life as a beautiful tapestry. He is looking from the front side of it and sees from eternity past to eternity future and knows what is the very best for each of us.

We see life in only one small hole at that moment. We can not see what the surroundings of our life are until they unfold. God makes choices for us according to His will and the very best for us (verse 27-28). In Ephesians 1:5, 7, 9, 11, God does everything in our life “according to the good pleasure of His will, according to the riches of His grace, which He purposes in Himself, and according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” Since He is the all-knowing (omniscient) God, we must trust Him.

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