It is important enough to me that this section be added to this Series due to several past Series being launched from this passage of Scripture -and- the fact that so many people today only try to see the “happy” or “best” side of the Christian Faith, Relationship and Walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is, as many a veteran Christian will attest, not a road of happy-go-lucky days, that are trouble free and contain all the most joyous moments in life. On the contrary, from personal experience, our lives will mimic the Life of Christ more than we ever imagined if we will just put ours in context with His.
Just as He chose to do those things that would impact the world around Him while here, we have to make that conscious decision ourselves to do much the same – of course, He was Perfect and we are yet with sin, but our direction is to be Christ-Like. We can indeed give Thanks to the Lord for all that is in our lives, but that takes work, commitment and the right perspective in order to accomplish it in the manner which is honoring, pleasing and right. No where in the Bible does it state that we get a “free” ticket or a “smooth” ride to Glory by placing our Faith and Trust in Christ our Lord – it is simply not there.
Position of the Redeemed
It is imperative that we as Believers remember that God the Father is GOOD – ALWAYS, in the valleys, at the mountain tops, across whatever plains we find ourselves. He says that He is, and I have enough experience with Him, to KNOW HE IS! We have been Redeemed – a rescue and deliverance from the bondage of sin. Oh Father God, be merciful to me a sinner!
I’m afraid that we may be too quick in a prayer to realize WHO we are talking to – the VERY Creator of Creation nonetheless. When dire straits come our way, we then cry from the very depths of our souls, which may only come as a faint whisper for we think we have nothing left in which to beseech Him for or with, as we’ve come to the end of ourselves.
In this Psalm, no mighty hand or show of force had to be used in order to carry out the “safe” and “secure” deliverance of His people – the Redeemed – from the places, afflictions and quandaries where they found themselves. He changed their hearts, by sending His Word – they had to change… They refused over and over again, refused to Come to Him, refused to Submit to Him, refused to Walk with Him, refused to Live for Him.
He led them in the “right way”, as we can see in verse 7, but they over and again refused to show others and teach their own children the ways of their Creator God. It was only when they were broken, desolate, hungry and lost, would they consider His Ways – a sad commentary for they were the REDEEMED, His CHOSEN people, the SEED carried forward in the world – yet, they, like us as modern day Christians, failed to stay close to Him and walk daily in His provision.
Psalm 107 | In Context
(1) O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (2) Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
(3) And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. (4) They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. (5) Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
(6) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
(7) And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. (8) Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
(9) For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (10) Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; (11) Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: (12) Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. (13) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. (14) He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. (15) Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
(16) For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. (17) Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. (18) Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. (19) Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. (20) He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (21) Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
(22) And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. (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 wits’ 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.
Psalm 107:1-43 | King James Version
Where It All Begins
Giving thanks to God our Creator, our Heavenly Father and to Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Forging a Relationship with, through Faith, to the God-Man, the Saviour of the World, understanding that He knows our troubles, trials and challenges and the Holy Spirit is with us always. Salvation is the key to unlock, gain access and secure an Eternal destiny in Heaven, but we need to live through Him here, remembering we are indeed the Redeemed. We’ve been bought for a price, one which we cannot repay, to One who is worthy to be made MUCH over today.
Don’t wait to talk to Him when you get into trouble, it is DEFINITELY much sweeter to carry on a conversation with Him each and every day…