God’s response to his people in distress (v.19) is to send out his word, being sufficient to do the work of healing and deliverance, and to instill praise in the heart of the saved.
Most of us would agree that God’s word is authoritative, but do we believe that it is sufficient? When in distress and in trouble, we can acknowledge that God is in control, but would prefer something more practical, something stronger, than turning to God’s word. After all, it seems a strange thing to send God’s people his word when faced with destruction.
In our own lives, are we turning to God’s primary means of communicating with us, the Bible, to avert disaster? It’s not a trick (“a Bible verse a day keeps distress away”); but it is God actively speaking words of peace into the hearts of his people.
God’s love is steadfast. We can look back on our lives and give testimony to that truth – but only in hindsight. What of those times when our hearts doubt that God’s love is steadfast? We need reminding. Not just memories, but audible, readable words and songs (like this psalm) that declare the truth of who God is and what he has done for us in Jesus.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! (Psalm 107:20-22)
Lord, speak to us by your word and open the ears of our hearts to hear you. Amen.