A Season of Psalms - Psalm 107:1-3
“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 and gathered in from the lands, for the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Have you ever been rescued from danger? Watch the news and you’ll see plenty of coverage of firefighters rescuing individuals from burning buildings; police rescuing hostages; military personnel braving enemy fire to rescue one of their own. These are our heroes, those who disregard the danger for the well-being of others.
Psalm 107 begins Book Five of the Psalter with the command to “give thanks to the Lord…whom he has redeemed from trouble…” The psalm recounts how some wandered in desert wastes with nowhere to dwell, hungry and thirsty and nearly dead (v. 4-5). Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, having openly rebelled against the commands of God (v. 10-11). Some were fools because of their iniquities (v. 17), while others took to the sea to engage in evil (v. 23, 26). But notice that in their moment of danger, they cried aloud to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distresses. He answered their fervent prayers, and they rejoiced: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
We were in danger, wallowing in our trespasses and sins. But God, in His mercy, rescued us, pulling us out of the muck and mire and putting our feet on solid ground. Through faith in Jesus, we have life in His name and we’re no longer in spiritual danger. We are safe and secure from all alarms! “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
Further Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Exodus 14:10-31
Pray with me today:
Father, You are my strength and my song, my salvation. You are my God, and I will yet praise You. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.