Psalm 107

God is our deliverer.

Psalm 107 calls those whom God has redeemed to give thanks for His faithful love and deliverance.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD proclaim
that he has redeemed them from the power of the foe (v. 1-2 CSB)

The psalm describes the rescue story of four types of people. Each faced difficulties that could not be remedied with human wisdom or skill.

1. Wanderers.

Some wandered in the desolate wilderness,
finding no way to a city where they could live.
They were hungry and thirsty;
their spirits failed within them. (v. 4-5 CSB)

Wanderers aimlessly follow the wrong path looking for home.
Wanderers suffer in hunger and hopelessness.

2. Prisoners.

Others sat in darkness and gloom—
prisoners in cruel chains—
because they rebelled against God’s commands
and despised the counsel of the Most High. (v. 10-11 CSB)

Prisoners experience the consequences of rebelling against God’s Word and despising God’s counsel.
Prisoners suffer in darkness and chains.

3. Fools.

Fools suffered affliction
because of their rebellious ways and their iniquities.
They loathed all food
and came near the gates of death. (v. 17-18 CSB)

Fools are afflicted with physical suffering because of their rebellious ways.
Fools suffer in pain and illness.

4. Workers.

Others went to sea in ships,
conducting trade on the vast water.
They saw the LORD’s works,
his wondrous works in the deep.
He spoke and raised a stormy wind
that stirred up the waves of the sea.
Rising up to the sky, sinking down to the depths,
their courage melting away in anguish,
they reeled and staggered like a drunkard,
and all their skill was useless. (v. 23-27 CSB)

Workers go about normal daily business when a sudden storm beyond their skill to navigate overtakes them.
Workers suffer in uncertainty and fear.

What is the solution for the suffering of wanderers, prisoners, fools, and workers?

Cry out to God for deliverance.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
he rescued them from their distress. (v. 6 CSB)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
he saved them from their distress. (v. 13, 19 CSB)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress. (v. 28 CSB)

God is our deliverer.

In our trouble, He can rescue.
In our trouble, He can save.
In our trouble, He can bring us out.

For wanderers, He will lead them by the right path to a city where they can find a home.

For prisoners, He will break their chains and lead them out of darkness.

For fools, He will send forth His word and heal them.

For workers, He will still storms to a whisper and guide them to the harbor they long for.

Some difficulties are consequences of our own choices.
Some difficulties are simply a result of living on this broken planet.

In every difficulty, God is our deliverer.

His faithful love is unconditional.

His faithful love endures forever.

He is good.

Let’s join the rescued in giving thanks to the LORD.

Let them give thanks to the LORD
for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all humanity. (v 8, 15, 21, 31)

Father, You are my deliverer. Your faithful love endures forever. Thank You for the reminder today that You can rescue, You can save, and You can bring me out of every difficulty. You are good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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