This morning, as I mentioned in my earlier blog post titled frustration, I read Psalm 107.
It is a very long Psalm, but I enjoyed reading it. Verses 10-16 reminded me of a picture I drew to accompany some words from the hymn And Can It Be, by Charles Wesley. Here is that picture:
Psalm 107:10-16 (NIV) says, ‘Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labour, they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.’
I’m very thankful to the LORD that he breaks the chains of shame, guilt, blame, pain, anger, distress, despair, etc. I just have to let him, and not pick up the chains again. Easier said than done though, isn’t it?