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Only the truly wise understand the Lord’s loving kindness.

BibleGateway: Psalm 107:23-43

ESV Text: Psalm 107:23-43

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:9 and ends at about 4:13

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     23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. 25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. 27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. 28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. 30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

     33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. 35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. 36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; 37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. 38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. 39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. 40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. 41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. 42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. 43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 572:
Praise to God, Immortal Praise

— Organ Audio

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1. Praise to God, immortal praise, 
For the love that crowns our days; 
Bounteous Source of every joy, 
Let Thy praise our tongues employ, 
All to Thee, our God, we owe, 
Source whence all our blessings flow. 

2. All the plenty summer pours; 
Autumn’s rich, o’erflowing stores; 
Flocks that whiten all the plain; 
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain, – 
Lord, for these our souls shall raise 
Grateful vows and solemn praise. 

3. Peace, prosperity, and health, 
Private bliss, and public wealth, 
Knowledge with its gladdening streams, 
True religion’s holier beams, 
Lord, for these our souls shall raise 
Grateful vows and solemn praise. 

4. As Thy prospering hand hath blest, 
May we give Thee all our best 
And by deeds of kindly love 
For Thy mercies grateful prove, 
Singing thus through all our days 
Praise to God, immortal praise.