Thankful for Redemption (Psalm 107)

The psalmist writes of the great delivering power and work of God.  

1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3 And gathered out of the lands,

From the east and from the west,

From the north and from the south.

He talks about people wandering in the wilderness, people hungry and in affliction, people who have rebelled and been put into forced labor.  He alludes to people bound by sickness, those caught in storms, and those without water and fruitful gardens.

39 When they are diminished and brought low

Through oppression, affliction and sorrow,

40 He pours contempt on princes,

And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;

41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,

And makes their families like a flock.

42 The righteous see it and rejoice,

And all iniquity stops its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise will observe these things,

And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

God is our resource and strength.  He is our source for help.  But mainly, for this psalmist, He is our deliverer.  God comes near those who are in distress in all the ways described above, and delivers them when they call on Him.  Whatever storm, bondage, hunger, or thirst you are experiencing, God can deliver you.  If you are sick or going through a storm, God can heal and carry you through.  Call on His name.  Cry out to Him, for He hears and He cares!

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