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Saved from Ourselves

Psalm 107: 17-22

Fools, because of their rebellious way, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all kinds of food; and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing.

Just as Proverb 1: 18 teaches, those who plot and scheme and are full of rebellion, lay traps for themselves and bring about their own sufferings. Then when they are weighed down by the misery and torment they have caused themselves, they cry out to the Lord for deliverance. They do not deserve God’s lovingkindness and gentleness towards them. They are only reaping the fruit of the very seed they intentionally and willingly sowed. When the crop they planted comes in, they cry to God for his mercy and deliverance.

Thank God He is so full of grace and mercy and that He is first and foremost love. Because of who he is, He saves us out of the quagmire we have wrought for ourselves. Our part then should be to sing His praises. He has saved us from ourselves. Sing praises to the Lord. Tell of His great works. Don’t let the miracles he has performed in your life be your secret. Offer Him sacrifices of Thanksgiving by praising Him; telling him how appreciative and grateful you are and tell others how great is our God.

Entrapment

Proverb 1: 18

But they lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own lives.

This verse tells us about the ramification of sowing ill-fated seed. When people plot to hurt or deceive others, they are in fact lying in wait for their own blood. They are killing themselves. Verse 19 says that this kind of life “takes away the life of its possessors.” In other words, these acts are draining the life out of the person who performs them. God gives us guidelines and rules to go by because He is trying to protect our lives. He wants you to consider other people’s feelings and be kind to others because He wants to protect your life from damage. Put other people first in your life so that more life can flow to you.