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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 107

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: Thankfulness to God (v 1-43)

Psalms 107 Commentary 

(107:1) Four Situations - This psalm speaks of people in four different types of stressful situations and how God rescues them: wanderers (1074-9), prisoners (107:10-16), the distressed and sick (107:17-20), and the storm-tossed (107:23-30). No matter how extreme our calamity, God breaks through to help us. He offers love and kindness to those in deep distress 

(107:1-2) The Redeemed - Let the redeemed of the LORD say so." God has done so much for us, and we have so much for which to thank him (see Psalm 103). He wants us to tell everyone all that he has done. These verses are not so much a mandate to witness as a declaration that when we live in God's presence, we will not be able to keep this glorious experience to ourselves (see also Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 518-20). What has God done for you? Who can you tell? 

(107:4-9) Wanderers - Lost, hungry, thirsty, and exhausted, these wanderers typify the Israelites in exile. But they also typify anyone who has not found the satisfaction that comes from knowing God. Anyone who recognizes his or her own lostness can receive the offer of Jesus to satisfy these needs. Jesus is the way (John 14:6), the Bread of Life (John 6:33.35), the living water (John 4:10-14), and the giver of rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Have you received his life-giving offer? 

(107:10-16) Prisoners - Do you know anyone who is in prison? Most people think that those in prison deserve whatever misery they experience as punishment for their crimes. But God loves all men and women no matter how far they have fallen. He wants to reach them with his love and dispel their fear, loneliness, and despair (Matthew 25:34-46). Throughout the world, people are imprisoned for their faith; others suffer as victims of injustice. Can you reach out to them? Pray for those in prison. Pray for ministries and Christian chaplains who take God's message of love and forgiveness to them. What can you do to support these efforts? 

(107:17-20)  Fools and Rebels - Fools and rebels surely bring trouble upon themselves. This psalm offers hope for those who have made a mess of their lives. By receiving God's free gift of forgiveness (Micah 718-20; 1 John 1:9), anyone can begin a new life and break with the past (see Romans 3:23-26; 2 Corinthians 5:7). By faith in Christ, we can break addictions, heal memories, and restore broken relationships. If we ask Christ to take control of our lives, he will answer us. His love reaches even those who have rebelled against him. 

(107:32) God's Loving Kindness - Those who have never truly suffered may not appreciate God as much as those who have matured under hardships. Those who have seen God work in times of distress have a deeper insight into his loving-kindness. If you have experienced great trials, you have the potential for great praise,

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 107. In our text today, we see a theme that our thankfulness to God should constantly be on the lips of those he has saved. This Psalm was written to celebrate the Jews' from their exile in Babylon. In making the application, we see the pattern of praise and Thanksgiving. What catches my eye is verse 2, which says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." hearing this truth reminds me that what is on a saved person's heart will come out in spoken praise or a giving of thanks. How about you? Do you give thanks and praise to the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that what is in our heart will come out in praise and Thanksgiving, so as the Psalmist states, "let the redeemed of the Lord say so." 


Psalm 107

Psalm 107

 1O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

 3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

 4They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

 5Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

 6Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

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

 8Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

 10Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

 11Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

 12Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

 13Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

 15Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 16For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

 17Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

 18Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

 19Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

 20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

 21Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

 23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

 24These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

 25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

 26They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

 27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

 28Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

 29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

 30Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

 31Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 32Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

 33He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

 34A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

 35He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.

 36And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;

 37And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.

 38He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

 39Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

 40He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

 41Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

 42The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

 43Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.