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I Lift Up My Eyes: A Study in Psalms - Book Five - A hiker on the top of a rocky mountain, with a pink and purple night sky. I Lift Up My Eyes: A Study in Psalms - Book Five - A hiker on the top of a rocky mountain, with a pink and purple night sky.

Daily Devotional | Unfailing Love


“Worship is natural to the Christian,” said J. I. Packer, writing about the Psalms. “The habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.” Today begins our study on the fifth book of the Psalms (chapters 107–150). In the Psalms we find joy-filled expressions of praise. We also hear honest words of suffering and sorrow. The Psalms give language to the whole range of our human experience, helping us bring every emotion before God.

Psalm 107 focuses on God’s grace and forgiveness After decades of their exile because of their sin, God restored Israel to her land. The psalm uses four images to depict the horrors of exile. Living in exile is compared to wandering in desert wastelands with no food or water (vv. 4–5). The exile is then compared to a prisoner in chains working like a slave (vv. 10–13), all hope seemed lost. In a rather different image, the exile is compared to a fool who suffers because of his folly (vv. 17–18). Finally, exile is compared to a merchant on a ship caught in a storm (vv. 23–26).

In each situation, people cried to the Lord for help and He delivered them. He gave food and drink to the desert wanderer (v. 9). He brought the prisoner out of darkness (v. 14). He rescued the fool (v. 20). God calmed the waves and “stilled the storm to a whisper” (v. 29).

In each case, people were delivered not because they deserved it but because they called upon the Lord. Again and again, we are called to praise God for His “unfailing love” (vv. 1, 8, 15, 21, 31), which comes to its fulfillment in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

>> Reading the Psalms daily can be a wonderful habit to create. Try reading each psalm aloud. Listen to what the Psalmist is saying. Reflect on what is being communicated to God. Pray through one psalm each day!

Pray with Us

We give thanks to You, Lord, for You are good. Your love endures forever! We are among the redeemed; move us to tell our story as the Psalmist urges, so that others can know Your goodness!

BY Ryan Cook

Dr. Ryan Cook has taught at Moody Bible Institute since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts in Bible and Theology from Moody and his master of arts in Old Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. During his time as a professor at Moody, he earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in the Chicagoland area.

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