March 17, 2020
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 17 March 2020
Psalm 107 extols God's unfailing goodness toward his people. The Lord’s goodness arises from his everlasting lovingkindness. God is infinitely good! He is to be praised for his numerous providential deliverances from manifold troubles.
With today’s news cycle being dominated by the rise and spread of the novel coronavirus, Psalm 107 reminds the believer to give thanks to the Lord because He is good (v. 1). Divine goodness is indeed one of the most fundamental truths concerning God. “His lovingkindness is everlasting” and never lessens toward his people. The redeemed of the Lord should always celebrate the goodness of God. He is the One who delivers and rescues his people from danger (vv. 2-9). God encourages believers to call upon Him “in the day of trouble” because He promises, “I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me” (50:15).
“And Can It Be That I Should Gain” is poetic text (written by John Wesley in 1738) that exclaims the mystery of God’s grace extended to sinners who trust in Jesus Christ. The amazing love of God in Christ is that sinners receive imputed righteousness and can approach the Lord’s throne in boldness and confidence (Heb 4:16). Psalm 107:10-16 celebrates the Lord’s deliverance of those held in captivity as a consequence of their sins. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34). The reality of sin’s captivity is certainly what inspired Wesley to write as follows:
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.
When the people of God were severely afflicted, they cried to the Lord and He restored them (Ps 107:17-22). God’s Word provided the spiritual nourishment that made physical restoration possible (v. 20). Knowing the Lord’s salvation and deliverance should compel his people to overflow with praise and thanks to God for his wonderful deeds (vv. 21-22). As people cry to the Lord for help in the storms of life, they have every reason to thank Him for bringing them to safety and for his escape from manifold dangers (vv. 23-32).
God’s providential governing of the world is reason to praise Him (vv. 33-43). To study history is to realize the blessings and judgments of God. He answers the prayers of those who turn to Him (vv. 33-38). God humbles the proud (v. 40) yet is the Protector of those who look to Him for help (vv. 41-42). Therefore, the final advice of the psalmist is “Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, and consider the lovingkindness of the Lord” (v. 43). God is always shepherding his people, and where He guides, there He also provides. Those who trust in the Lord have every reason to thank Him for his providential care and goodness!
(The Georgia General Assembly has suspended the 2020 legislative session indefinitely. The suspension is due to an abundance of caution and made in the interest of the health and safety of the entire Capitol community in consideration of the response needed to be taken concerning the coronavirus. Capitol Commission Bible Studies will also be suspended indefinitely until it is prudent for the General Assembly to reconvene.)
By God's Grace and For His Glory,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.