Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
For his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so
Whom he has redeemed from trouble…(v1-2)
How do you digest a long Psalm like Psalm 107?
Thankfully, the Psalmist helps us, first with his beginning. It’s the motivation for him to write the Psalm as well as our introduction to the Psalm. And it’s his conclusion wrapped up in the introduction — it’s God’s steadfast love that redeems us!
And how do we get in trouble?
Some wandered into desert wastes,
Finding no way to a city to dwell in; (v4)
Mankind was not made to live in isolation, physically or emotionally. We need others in our lives.
What does God do?
For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (v9)
How else are we in trouble?
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Prisoners in affliction and in irons,
For the rebelled against the words of God
and spurned the counsel of the Most High. (v10-11)
Some of us are caught in darkness brought on by rebellion, resulting in punishment as society rejects what we have done.
What does God do?
He delivered from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And burst their bonds apart. (v14b-15)
And what other kinds of trouble needs redemption?
Some were fools through their sinful ways,
And because of their iniquities suffered affliction. (v17)
And some of us are suffering the results of our sin that we have gotten away with – you know, those little ones like gluttony, alcoholism, hatred, lust and so on which eat us up from the middle out.
He sent out his word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destruction. (v20)
And how about one more “some” that really hits home?
Some went down to the sea in ships,
Doing business on the great waters; (v23)
All of us who are trying to gather wealth on our own, going up and down with the stock markets, watching our retirement funds dwindle, this is for us…
He delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
And the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
And he brought them to their desired haven. (v28b-30)
The sum of “some” equals all of us. We have all sinned. We need to call on his name. We need his redemption.
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
Let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD. (v43)