20 Mar

Modern day merchants at sea

The marketplace is like a raging sea. It is there where modern day sea merchants make their living and risk it all.

Psalm 107 references what would for today be the leader in the marketplace.

The passage makes reference to a group of adventurous sea merchants who experience the power of the Lord firsthand.

For the casual reader of scripture, they are easily overlooked but in reality they represent one of the hidden gems of scripture.

There are many similarities between these wild-eyed sea merchants and the modern day leader who navigates the high seas of the marketplace.

Note that their ships were tossed to a fro.

They were often at their wits end.

They learned to cry out to God in their trouble.

He saved them time and again from their distress.

He whispered, He didn’t yell, He whispered and He brought calm. They heard His whisper because they were close to Him. There was no need to yell!

The sea merchants are like marketplace leaders today. They face many ups and downs that no man who is land locked will ever experience. They wade into deep waters. They risk it. They step out in faith knowing the Lord is at their side.

Through their challenges they experience the Lord in living color in ways few will ever know. They have learned to depend on the Lord for survival time and time again at sea in the marketplace!

They are warriors of the marketplace. Sent their to exalt Him publicly in order for all to see what God can do through a man sold out to Him.

The challenges that are overcome are trophies that bring glory to the Lord in recognition of what He, not man, but what the Lord will do through a man who sails with him at sea.

Read the story here:

Psalm 107:23-32 NLT

“Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. They, too, observed the LORD’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation.”

Now read a great companion passage at Psalm 118:5-9 NLT

“In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”