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“T H E N”

Word studies have always been a challenge to me. When reading Psalm 107, the repetition of the word THEN drew my attention. THEN, like the word BUT, is always a middle word. Something must go before it, followed by action.

Look at verses 6, 13, 19 and 28. They are identical. “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble and…he saved them out

of their distresses.” In each instance, we can learn about the trouble they were in, if we read the previous verses.

How prevalent are these truths today. We can easily under-stand what the Psalmist is trying to teach us. When we travel our own way, and get in a bind, or our situation is out of our control, or when our hurt is to painful to bear, THEN we cry unto the Lord.

How thankful we can be that our sufficient, loving Heavenly Father is there waiting for our call. How grateful we are that in His love and mercy, He does not ignore us but comes to our rescue.

Another repetition caught my eye. This time, a verse rather than a word. Note the verses 8, 15, 21 and 31. These are like an exclamation point to the…before and after...THEN,…previously recorded incidents. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

When we spend time in Psalm 107, and meditate on these helpful truths, we will come away strengthened and refreshed, from the testing and trials that are scattered along our earthly pathway.

We live in a day when much of our world, personal and national is out of control. We need to “cry out to the Lord” and wait for Him to “save us from our distresses.”

Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord Ps. 107:34.

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