This morning I was reading Psalm 107 in a new light. It is amazing how many times one can read the Word of God, and then one day the lights go off and you feel the Lord Jesus speaking to you in a new way. Such was the experience I had as I read how many times in this Psalm the Lord responds when people cry out to Him for help.
“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. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.” Who but God can create a nation in a day as He did for Israel in 1948? In the spiritual realm the Lord has redeemed a people for Himself from the nations – those who cried to Him for help and found this world to be indeed a wilderness.
Going further in this Psalm we see the goodness of the Lord as he satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Those who rebel against the most High God find themselves in affliction and emotional and physical prisons, but in verse 13 when “they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and break their bands in sunder.”
Oh, how we should praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to men. Even those who have foolishly rebelled against God and fallen into diverse sins have hope. They will be afflicted because of their transgressions, but when “they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, he saveth them out of their distresses.” (v.19) He sent His Word and healed them and delivered them. The Psalmist continues to remind us that we should always praise the Lord for His goodness.
Now in verse 23 we are taken down to the sea. It seems like everyone is being considered in this Psalm. First, those wandering in the wilderness, secondly those in prison, and now the sea. Those who are actively involved in sea business can suddenly be hit by a storm or even a tsunami. “For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to heaven, they go down again to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble.” I was thinking of Japan and the thousands who have lost their lives and those who survived have lost their livelihood. Now with possible nuclear meltdown “Their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.” There is hope for the Japanese if they would only cry unto the Lord.
Those of us who have found a church home are so blessed. Our apostolic churches around the world are like cities of refuge – a shelter from the storm. Verse 32 “Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.” The Cities of Refuge in the Old Testament were the mercy of God for unintentional murderers. We are told that as long as they stayed within the bounds of that city they were were safe, but if they went outside of the city gates they could be slain by the avenger of blood. God has established holy boundaries for His people that they may live in peaceable habitations. As long as they live within those boundaries they are under the protection of the blood of Jesus.
Verse 41-43 “Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock; The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord.” The Lord looks down from heaven on this earth that is reeling to and fro like a drunken man to see if there be any that is truly seeking Him with all of their heart. There is salvation. There is hope. However, there is only one way that He can be found and that is through repentance and crying out to Him for help. One must acknowledge he needs a Savior and be at their “wit’s end” so to speak. It is only when you come to the end of yourself that you can enter into the born-again experience of being born of water (baptism in Jesus name) and Spirit (filled with the Holy Ghost).
The Lord has shown clearly in this beautiful Psalm that He always responds to those who cry for help in their distress. Oh how men should praise the goodness of the Lord and declare His marvelous works to all who have ears to hear.