I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is Steadfast Love, a new Bible study for women written by Lauren Chandler. Our Women’s Ministry Team helped write this blog.
We often think of the Psalms as the Bible’s songbook, as a model of prayer and communion with God. And it is, but in the pages of Psalms, there’s also much to be learned about God’s character and how He leads His children. In Psalm 107, we can treasure and enjoy the following attributes of God, and these attributes challenge us to serve and lead others the way the Lord serves and leads us:
1. He is the covenant-keeping God.
Throughout the psalm, God is called by the name Yahweh. This name evokes images of God’s power and presence. His name reminds us of His intentional commitment to be with His people. The Bible repeatedly shows us God’s willingness to commit to His children despite our failings. The name Yahweh reminds us of His faithfulness and ability to consistently carry those covenant promises to fruition.
Just as God is committed to us, we are to love and serve those the Lord has given us responsibility for. We are to love and serve them despite their struggles, just as God has committed to us in spite of our rebellion.
2. He meets people where they are.
We see a pattern in Psalm 107: God’s people are in a specific and precarious situation; they cry out to Him; He hears and acts on their behalf. Each time God responds differently, but every response is proportionate and unique to the situation. In Psalm 107, God meets people in their current situation and helps them by His presence. God ministers to His people where they are.
In the same way, we must work to serve others where they are, in the midst of their needs, in the middle of their unique situations. As God listens to us, we are to listen to others.
3. He works to bring people to Himself.
Many of the interactions between God and His people in Psalm 107 seem illogical. We more easily understand narratives where He rescues His children from bad situations and “saves them from their distress.” But sometimes the Lord does not deliver from distress. Sometimes God allows or even sends distress to develop those He loves. Bottom line: God does what’s necessary to make His children understand that He is the ultimate desire of their souls.
As we lead we want to bring joy whenever possible, but our chief aim is to point people to God. Directing others to Christ may expose idols or require them to abandon sinful patterns, and both are painful and disruptive undertakings. But circumstances are passing, and ultimately Christ is needed. We lead best by modeling supreme affection for Christ and praising Him for the growth in our lives, even if it proves painful for a time.
As we celebrate His steadfast love for us, let’s aim to serve and lead others the way He serves and leads us.
Lauren Chandler has written a new Bible study for women that takes them through Psalm 107. Enter here or in the form below by 11:59pm tonight, July 5, 2017 for your chance to win 5 copies of Steadfast Love. Winners will be notified within a day or two.