Fostering Thankfulness: In Sickness. Psalm 107:17-22

November 13th, 2017

Fostering Thankfulness: In Sickness

Psalm 107:17-22

 

A Theology of Suffering (v. 17-18)

  • The psalmist turns his attention to those who suffer physical affliction or illness

    • Here connected to disobedience to God
  • Scripture does NOT teach that all afflictions or illness is a direct result of personal sin
  • Sometimes it is the result of living in a fallen world
  • Sometimes it so that God’s purposes might be fulfilled (John 9:3; 11:4)
    • Either personally or on a bigger scale
    • Like in Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh’ (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
  • Sometimes God doesn’t provide a clear reason
    • Like with Job (Rom. 11:33)

 

The Great Physician (v. 19-20)

  • Regardless of the reason for the affliction or illness, our response should be the same

    • To call out to God
  • He is able to heal us
    • Though our healing is not always physical
  • And He promises to be with us through our suffering (Ps. 41:3)
    • He promises to never leave us nor forsake us (See Deut. 31:6, 8; Josh. 1:5;1Kgs. 8:57; 1 Chron. 28:20; Heb. 13:5)

 

The Praise of the Restored (v. 21-22)

  • We are called to thank God for His work of restoration in us

    • Both physically and spiritually
  • And share His work in us with other
  • Understanding that often times of suffering can draw us near to Him
    • And though we might not understand the reasons
    • He is still working for our good! (Rom. 8:28)

 

So What?

  • Can we thank God as we suffer?

    • Trusting Him to work things out for our good and His purpose

 

Meditation Verse: Psalm 107:20

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