Worth Reading–November 2, 2011

by Steve

Here’s another great post from Erik Raymond.

God Rescues Spiritual Pirates
By Erik Raymond

(Psa 107.28) Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

Many have reached their end. Many have felt their insufficiency and fleeting strength amid opposition. And so many have called upon the LORD for rescue. In fact this Psalm highlights many different ways in which the LORD has rescued people. In this instance the Psalmist is recounting those who were in great danger and helpless upon the sea. They cried to the LORD and he rescued them, he delivered them.

We forget the intimate kindness of God to people. Many times he rescues people who are not believers. How many hospitals in your city have people on the edge of their seat waiting to see if a loved one will survive? Many times God spares people. He rescues them. He is gracious and kind.

But how much more those who have been rescued by God from our sin?

Listen, you and I were not out on the spiritual ocean sending signals hoping to get rescued, we were the pirates out thumbing our noses at God, undermining his authority, plundering his possessions and belittling his glory. We were pitable but not neutral. We were enemies when God rescued us.

This is what really serves to be a continual instigator in my praise for Christ. The gospel not only whispers in my ear that God loves me but also that he loves me in spite of me formerly hating him.

How can you get over love like this?

When I find myself dry and brittle inside I just need to marinate in the gospel waters. Listen, the truth of the gospel, the reality of Christ living, dying, and rising again for me, this refreshes and refurbishes me (1 Cor. 15.3-5; Eph. 2.1-8). There is no way around it. We cannot absorb the personal realities of the gospel and not be moved. Take time right now to do so. Preach this truth to your own heart and watch and feel God the Holy Spirit refresh your soul. You have been rescued. A rebel has been rescued.

The concluding verses of this section of Psalm 107 are fitting:

(Psa 107.31-32) Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.