Sunday, April 22, 2007

Psalm 107 - Part One

This Psalm is divided into four main sections, each one presenting a different picture of the distress of man. While each part deals with a physical dilemma, I believe that a spiritual crisis is also represented in each. In regards to the spiritual aspects of this Psalm, I think that both the lost and the save can find themselves and their situations here.

Psalm 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.

Have you thanked the Lord lately for His goodness toward you? A saying that I've heard some churches use is: "God is good!", and the congregation responds with, "All the time!" Do you have that confidence and assurance in the Lord, that no matter what happens in your life, you will praise and thank Him? Do you tell others? Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Psalm 107:2-3 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

Truly, He has redeemed the believer from the hand of the enemy. According to Hebrews 2:9, Jesus, by His death on the cross, has tasted death for every man. Verses 14 and 15 state, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 2:4-6) He shed His precious blood on the cross to redeem people from all nations of the world - whosoever puts their faith in His finished work. (1 Peter 1:18-19 and Romans 1:16) Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Have you received His free gift of salvation?

Psalm 107:4-5 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Are you wandering in the wilderness of sin, aimless, alone, empty, barren, lifeless? Is your spirit hungry and thirsty? Jesus can fill that void and bring life to your troubled soul.

Psalm 107:6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.

If you've cried out to the Lord for salvation, in repentance (turning from your sin) and faith (believing in the Gospel - Jesus' death for your sins, His burial, and physical resurrection in fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures), He has heard your cry. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. In John 6:37, Jesus states that "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out."

Psalm 107:7 And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Heaven is that city that God has prepared for those that believe in Him. (Hebrews 11:10, 13-16; 13:14 and Revelation chapter 21) And Jesus is the only way there. (John 14:6; 10:9 and Acts 4:12) Is Heaven your eternal home?

Psalm 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

This phrase is repeated four times in this Psalm (verses 8, 15, 21, and 31) No matter your situation, if you are saved, you can still praise the Lord for His goodness in your life! (Romans 8:28) Like the hymnwriter H. G. Spafford said, "It is well with my soul."

Psalm 107:9 For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Has the Lord Jesus Christ filled that spiritual hunger and longing in your soul? You need never hunger or thirst again. Let Him fill that void today. (Matthew 5:6; Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 55:1-3; John 6:35; 7:38)

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

September 1st/04
Jerry Bouey

For more studies that use passages in the Psalms as the springboard:

Psalms Series

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