Fools Crying to the Lord

Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.  Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.  Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.  He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.

Psalm 107:17-21

I find this to be an amazing passage.  I can understand that the Lord would hear the cry of the righteous man who is doing his best to live uprightly.  But this passage is talking about a fool who is afflicted because of their own foolishness.  They have sinned- it is because of their transgression and their iniquitiy that they are afflicted.  They hate anything good and they draw near to death.  And in that condition, a condition of sinful, self-inflicted destruction, they cry unto the Lord.  “And he saveth them out of their distresses”.  Wow. 

Not only does He save us and deliver us from the destruction of our own making, He sends His Word to heal us.  Wherever it may be that we find ourselves, be it in the valley of the shadow of death or be it at the gates of death, if we cry out to Him, He will respond.  Even after we reject Him and sin against Him and bring afflictions and destructions on ourselves, He still stands ready to deliver us. 

What a great and amazing God we serve.  We sin and we rebel against Him and we reject Him and yet He still stands ready to forgive us, ready to deliver us, ready to help us and ready to heal us if we will just turn to Him and call upon Him.  Oh that we would praise the Lord for His goodness!

One response to this post.

  1. This reminds me of the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector found in Luke 18:9-14. It is amazing how consistent the Old Testament and the New Testament are in the truths they hold. Peace, Linda


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