Can God produce fruit from a barren wasteland?: Introducing Psalm 107J

This Sunday at Redeemer we will begin a new “Psalm of the Month” in our morning and afternoon services which we will sing every Sunday in that service for the month of October. The repetition of one Psalm is helpful for learning a new tune that the congregation is unfamiliar with and especially for meditating more deeply upon God’s Word and hiding it in our heart. Here is my brief introduction for Psalm 107J that I will share with the congregation this Sunday in our afternoon service:

Psalm 107J is a Psalm of thanksgiving in the context of distress which sings of the fact that God can take the most barren wastelands and make them fruitful for His glory and for the good of his people. And this should bring you great encouragement in the Christian life because the Bible says that you who were once dead in your sins and trespasses are a new creation in Christ and no matter what sufferings and struggles you face in the Christian life none of it goes to waste. In fact through those sufferings and struggles God is in the process of producing the fruit of the Spirit in you and turning all of your bitter providences into sweet glory which will be revealed in the age to come when he brings us into our heavenly city, the New Jerusalem.

Here is the text of Psalm 107J from The Book of Psalms for Worship:

Some rivers He changes to desert and waste,
And watersprings to arrid ground.
A land that is fruitful He turns into salt,
For evil were those living there.
Yet wilderness then He can make into pools,
From dry dust can make watersprings.
He makes such a place for the hungry to dwell,
To set up a city as home,
To set up a city as home.

They then may sow seeds and plant vineyards and fields,
And gather a plentiful yield.
He blesses them greatly, their numbers increase;
He’ll not let their cattle decrease.
But when they were few, they were bowed and brought low
From hardship, oppression, and grief;
On princes He pours out His scorn, so they roam
In wastelands without any path,
In wastelands without any path.

But safe from affliction He raises the poor,
To set them securely on high.
And families, too, He will treat with His care,
And make them to be like a flock.
The upright will see this, and as they rejoice,
All wrongdoing closes its mouth.
Is anyone wise? Let him hold to these things,
And think on the LORD’s gracious love,
And thing on the LORD’s gracious love.

Normally you can listen to the tune here, and it’s a beautiful tune, but I am having a problem getting to the page that has the tune for 107J right now (not sure if this is my computer or the web-site).

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