I love blog hop Thursdays in connection with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and I thought and prayed over the choices this week to try and decide. So, after much deliberation, I decided upon the reflection verse for the week, Psalm 107:19 ~ “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress” (NIV).
I will have to admit that this is the first time I have ever done an in-depth verse mapping of a particular scripture verse. Too often, I memorize a particular scripture without looking at the specific context or simply read the verses and not take the time to go deeper. The Lord truly blessed me by digging into the Word.
Heather Bleier had a great blog post describing verse mapping in detail. She suggested writing the verse on a note card, so that you could take it with you and reflect on it throughout the day. That is a wonderful idea, but I quickly found that I had so much to write that I chose to devote a notebook to my verse mapping. This is a picture of what it looked like with my notes around the scripture.
When I read through the entire chapter of Psalm 107, I discovered several things. First of all, the phrase in verse 19 is also repeated in verses 6, 13 and 28. If God is going to repeat something, this is an indication that it is something that we need to take note of.
I love what my NIV study Bible says about a particular passage in Psalm 107 (107:17-20). “This psalm offers hope for those who have made a mess of their lives. By receiving God’s free gift of forgiveness, anyone can begin a new life and break free with the past. By faith in Christ, we can break addictions, heal memories, and restore broken relationships. If we ask Christ to take control of our lives, he will answer us. His live reaches even those who have rebelled against him.”
I know that we have all made mistakes and will continue to do so, but Christ’s death on the cross has paid the price for our sins. All you and I need to do is accept the gift of salvation that God is offering to each one of us. Once the gift has been received, we have new life and the past is forgotten. God will not only hear us when we cry out to Him for help, but he will rescue us from our troubles. This is not to say that once we are saved we will never have any problems. It means that God will continue to be with us and help us during those struggles. He will rescue – just as He promises, it just might not be the way we had in mind. However, God loves each one of us with an unending love and He knows what is best for each of us.
The one thing that we need to remember from this verse is that in order to be rescued, you and I must first cry out to God. We must put our faith and trust in Him.
Let God save you, give you peace and work a miracle in your life.
This video shows the entire passage of the 107th Psalm. I encourage you to watch it, read the words and then pour your heart out to God. If you are in a time of distress, cry out to Him today.
I would love to hear from you.
- How does this verse speak to you?
- I challenge you to dig deeper into the Bible this week. Share what scripture you are going to start with.
- Is there something in your life that you need prayer for today? Leave a comment and I will be happy to pray for you.