Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 15, 2015

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses.”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges Chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“7 The sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. 8 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the sons of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years.

When the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the sons of Israel to deliver them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.  10 The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel.  When he went out to war, the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand, so that he prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim.  11 Then the land had rest forty years.  And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

12 Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord.  So the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord.  13 And he gathered to himself the sons of Ammon and Amalek;  and he went and defeated Israel, and they possessed the city of the palm trees.  14 The sons of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15 But when the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man.  …

29 They struck down at that time about ten thousand Moabites, all robust and valiant men; and no one escaped.  30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel.  And the land was undisturbed for eighty years.

31 After him came Shamgar the son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad;  and he also saved Israel.”  Judges 3: Verses 7-15 and 29-31.

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Time after time, when the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for them.

In the following Psalm Chapter 107, we read this pattern of Israel crying out to the LORD in their trouble, and the LORD delivering them out of their distresses, time after time.

“6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.
7 He led them also by a straight way,
To go to an inhabited city.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.

10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Prisoners in misery and chains,
11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God
And spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;
They stumbled and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death
And broke their bands apart.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
16 For He has shattered gates of bronze
And cut bars of iron asunder.

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

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters;
24 They have seen the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,
Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;
Their soul melted away in their misery.
27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,
And were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.
29 He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
32 Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people,
And praise Him at the seat of the elders.”  Psalm 107:6-32.

Let us too cry to our LORD in our trouble and trust our LORD to save us out of our distresses.

Let us too praise and glorify our LORD this Sabbath day in the congregation of the people.

Let us too give thanks to our Lord every day for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to us! 

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