Fools, because of their transgression, Henry IV. And let them sacrifice - For their healing they should bring a sacrifice; and they should offer the life of the innocent animal unto God, as he has spared their lives; and let them thus confess that God has spared then when they deserved to die; and let them declare also "his works with rejoicing;" for who will not rejoice when he is delivered from death? These sick and afflicted ones were delivered from their destructions by the powerful word of God. And sow fields and plant vineyards, And makes their families like a flock. 16:34; Ps. Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; i. i. I have been at sea in the storm, and in the circumstances I describe; and, having cried to the Lord in my trouble, I am spared to describe the storm, and recount the tale of his mercy. Reader, dost thou ask why I paint thus, and from whose authority I describe? Psalm 108 – Praise and Trust from the Past for Today This psalm is titled A Song.A Psalm of David. This psalm or song is a call to worship. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. d. He sent His word and healed them: They were healed by the power of God’s word, reminding us of the many times Jesus healed people simply by speaking a word. e. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness: For the fourth and final time, the psalmist encourages all men to give thanks to God for His deliverance. He, by his providence, so guides their steps as to lead them to rivers which they can navigate, and from which they can procure plenty of fish, and shows them wells or springs which they have not digged. Because the people disobeyed … God has cut the bars of iron in two so that His people could return as He gathered them. Psalm 107:15 "Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!" From the south: “Hebrew, from the sea.” (Poole). Psalm 10 Commentary Verse 8 Then Psalm 10:8. The book of Psalms is filled with poetry that gives voice to emotions and experiences felt and lived out by the people of Israel. Psalm 107 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. This time God’s people are encouraged to exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, praising Him among the people of God. Or, in the cords of affliction, as they are called, Job 36:8, and particularly in iron fetters.” (Poole). And they drew near to the gates of death. They flee from a land of want, an ingrata terra that did not repay their toil, and they seek the wilderness where the land wants only cultivation to make it produce all the necessaries of life. a. Oh, give thanks to the LORD: With the word Oh, the exhortation is stated as an exclamation. i. And where are now those mighty troublers of the earth? But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Psalm 10 Commentary Verse 9 Psalm 10:9 – he’s like a lion who drags his prey away. Psalm 107 relates human economic endeavors to the world of God’s creation. Psalm 107:8(NASB) Verse Thoughts This is a beautiful song of rejoicing in the Lord where the theme of thanksgiving and praise for the goodness of God and His everlasting mercy, threads its way like a shining thread from beginning to end.. Then the first performers beautitully compare this unexpected deliverance to that which God sometimes vouchsafes to the languishing dying man, when he recalls, as it were, the sentence of death, and restores him to his former vigor. Their soul fainted in them. God showed them their duty and their interest, and commanded them to obey his word; but they cast off all subjection to his authority, acted as if they were independent of heaven and earth, and broke out into open rebellion against him. And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. And afterwards his armies of raw conscripts would have over-matched the world had not a particular providence intervened at Waterloo, when all the skill and valor of his opponents had been nearly reduced to nothing. - This is the intercalary verse, or burden, of the second part, as it was of the first. Wild as it is, the sea obeys God’s command. Psalm 107 has much in common with Psalms 105 and 106. A fruitful land into barrenness, His wonders in the deep - Awfully terrible in a tempest. 2 Let the redeemed We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Because they rebelled against the words of God: The psalmist understood that some were imprisoned because they had rebelled against God. All the powers of Europe were leagued against him in vain, they were as stubble to his bow. The psalmist then speaks of some of the adversities from which Yahweh has delivered his people. And the watersprings into dry ground; i. They see the works of the LORD, And all iniquity stops its mouth. 107 Oh, (A)give thanks to the Lord, for He isgood! For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. None but either a man inspired by God, who, in describing, will show things as they are, or one who has been actually in these circumstances, can tell you with what propriety the psalmist speaks, or utter the thousandth part of the dangers and fearful apprehensions of those concerned in a tempest at sea, where all the winds of heaven seem collected to urge an already crazy vessel among the most tremendous rocks upon a lee shore! From the east and from the west, God’s literal guidance and deliverance for His redeemed in the wilderness becomes a picture of how He delivers the lost, thirsty, and hungry soul, and fills it with goodness. Let its message be heeded, then shall we cry unto God in our distress, and finding deliverance through His goodness, we shall give Him thanks and praise Him.” (Morgan), iii. "No doubt the composition of this Psalm is admirable throughout; and the descriptive part of it adds at least its share of beauty to the whole; but what is most to be admired is its conciseness, and withal the expressiveness of the diction, which strikes the imagination with inimitable elegance. The repeated refrain of Psalm 107, which begins Book V of the Psalter, expresses a desire for people to thank God for His repeated mercy and deliverance in rescuing them from their troubles.The Beyond Today editor profile represents a collaborative effort on various pieces of content, featured in the Beyond Today magazine, that is not attributed to just one author. Meyer). We need 2 cookies to store this setting. See Psalm 107:8. “It is himself that the reader is to recognize in the fourfold picture of plight and salvation, and it is the steadfastness of God that he is now to praise with new insight.” (Kidner), ii. Because they rebelled against the words of God -. For he satisfieth the longing soul - This is the reason which the psalmist gives for the duty of thankfulness which he prescribes. It is worth citing at length. God is infinitely excellent, and should be celebrated for his perfections. “This is comfort to the greatest sinners; if they can but find a praying heart, God will find a pitying heart, and rebels shall be received with all sweetness, if at length they return, though brought in by the cross.” (Trapp). O give thanks - Here is a duty prescribed; and the reasons of it are immediately laid down. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 104 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a companion psalm to Psalm 103. גליהםנ ויחשונ לדממהנ סארהנ יקםנ galleyhem vaiyecheshu lidemamah searah yakem He shall cause the whirlwind to stand dumb, and he shall hush their billows. That they might go to a city of habitation - God stirred up the heart of Cyrus to give them liberty to return to their own land: and Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah, at different times, brought many of them back to Judea. There He makes the hungry dwell, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . In such a context, verse 18 could well call to mind in modern times the drug-addict, but only as one example of man’s perennial determination to get hurt.” (Kidner), ii. “Things which appear contradictory are seen as evidences of consistency. This psalm is a song of thanksgiving to God, who has been merciful to his people and gathered all who were lost. Some people think that they do not need help from God. Psalm 107 involves Israel’s restoration from exile in Babylon. Some came from sickness and affliction, and God rescued and redeemed them – even though their trouble could be traced to their foolishness, transgression, and iniquity. He can reverse the condition of anything and therefore the way of life of everybody!” (VanGemeren). This reminds us again of what Jesus did to calm the stormy Sea of Galilee by His own word and will. The Psalmist reminds the people of Israel of God’s faithfulness and love. c. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble: This phrase is again repeated (before in verses 6 and 13). And He saved them out of their distresses. And praise Him in the company of the elders. “They were lost in the worst possible place, even as the sinner is who is lost in sin; they wandered up and down in vain searches and researches as a sinner does when he is awakened and sees his lost estate; but it ended in nothing.” (Spurgeon). 33:11give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!For His mercy endures forever. This Psalm seems to have been sung in parts: the Psalm 107:8, Psalm 107:15, Psalm 107:21, and Psalm 107:31, with the Psalm 107:6, Psalm 107:13, Psalm 107:19, and Psalm 107:28, forming what may be called the burden of the song. Those people will not get help! Alas! But we also understand it by how He acts among men and in history – if we have the wisdom to see it. i. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble - This was the salutary effect which their afflictions produced: they began to cry to God for mercy and help; and God mercifully heard their prayer, and reversed their state; for. Sinners are fools. And for His wonderful works to the children of men! “He delivered them into the hands of their enemies, and, as they would not be under subjection to GOD, he delivered them into slavery to wicked men…. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat - A natural description of a sick man: appetite is gone, and all desire for food fails; nutriment is no longer necessary, for death has seized upon the whole frame. He turns a wilderness into pools of water, i. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, Together they represent, perhaps, the “redeemed of the LORD” mentioned in verse 2. The dreary rock of St. Helena, where there was no way, saw a period to the mighty conqueror, who had strode over all the countries of Europe! A thanksgiving of the people for deliverance from difficulties and dangers; their state compared to a journey through a frightful wilderness, Psalm 107:1-9; to confinement in a dreary dungeon, Psalm 107:10-16; to a dangerous malady, Psalm 107:17-22; to a tempest at sea, Psalm 107:23-32. i. See the general state of Egypt in the present time: once a fertile land; now an arid, sandy wilderness. They that go down to the sea in ships - This is the Fourth comparison. He will hide them in his heart, that he sin not against Jehovah. They go down again to the depths; Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, How can a man contemplate the painful riddle of the world, and keep his sanity, without that faith? It was only the mouth that could do any thing; and that only by lies, calumnies, and blasphemies: but God closes this mouth, pours contempt upon the head and judgment upon the heart. - The intercalary verse, or burden, as before. Audio Commentary: Psalm 107 Psalm 107 1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. This soon subdues the stoutest heart, and makes the proud boaster sing another tune.” (Spurgeon). “The final section reflects in a distant, settled way on God’s sovereign workings by which his people are sometimes lifted up and sometimes brought low.” (Boice). He poureth contempt upon princes - How many have lately been raised from nothing, and set upon thrones! But he does wonders for the children of men; and, therefore, men should praise the Lord. The action of raising the vessel to the clouds, and precipitating her into the abyss, seems to dissolve the very soul: the whole mind seems to melt away, so that neither feeling, reflection, nor impression remains, nothing but the apprehension of inevitable destruction! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! At such a time, what theme could be so proper for the subject of his poem, as the manifest goodness of Almighty God? And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy: We might be redeemed from the world, the flesh, the devil, or countless other snares. They wandered in the wilderness - Here begins the Finest comparison: the Israelites in captivity are compared to a traveler in a dreary, uninhabited, and barren desert, spent with hunger and thirst, as well as by the fatigues of the journey, Psalm 107:5. And how many have been cast down from thrones, and reduced to nothing! Psalm 107:23-30, the fourth scenario of deliverance, describes a group who gets caught in a storm while on a business trip at sea. And gathered out of the lands, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Psalm 107 relates human economic endeavors to the world of God’s creation. Although the general theme of this Psalm may have been suggested by God's special favor to the Israelites in … This is a choice song for the redeemed of the Lord (Psalms 107:2). The psalmist calls on men to praise God for the merciful dispensations of his providence, in giving rain and fruitful seasons, after affliction by drought and famine, Psalm 107:33-38; for supporting the poor in affliction, and bringing down the oppressors, Psalm 107:39-41. Thus "they exalt the Lord in the congregation, and praise him in the assembly of the elders." For His [a]mercy enduresforever. Some came from the wilderness, and they wandered the desolate desert. On both sides they are in general gone to give an account of themselves to God. The use which the righteous should make of these providences, Psalm 107:42; and the advantage to be derived from a due consideration of God's merciful providence, Psalm 107:43. Whoever is wise will observe these things, It was not a simple deliverance; it was done so as to manifest the irresistible power of God. PSALMS 107 -150 PSALM ONE HUNDRED SEVEN 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. b. God had forsaken them because they had forsaken him.” (Clarke). The people of Israel are … b. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so: Specifically, the psalmist invited the people of God – those redeemed by His enduring mercy – to declare that they are redeemed. And He delivered them out of their distresses. These see the works of the Lord - Splendid, Divinely impressive, and glorious in fine weather. i. We should be able to thank God for more than just His work in our personal lives, but also for what He does for others. Yet setteth he the poor on high - This probably refers to the case of the Israelites and their restoration from captivity. You can also change some of your preferences. The first performers, therefore, invite the whole nation to praise God for this; a great instance of it being their late return from captivity. The others again compare it, with still greater strength and expression, to God's delivering the affrighted mariner from all the dreadful horrors of the ungovernable and arbitrary ocean. This should not be understood to mean that the psalmist believed every one of God’s imprisoned people were there because they despised the counsel of the Most High, but at least in a general sense it was true. The wicked is pictured as a dangerous wild beast that lurks for its prey. He turneth rivers into a wilderness - After having, as above, illustrated the state of the Jews in their captivity, and the deliverance which God wrought for them, he now turns to the general conduct of God in reference to the poor and needy; and his gracious Interpositions in their behalf, the providential supply of their wants, and his opposition to their oppressors. Brass and iron are [quickly consumed] before the flame of Jesus’ love. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, That they might go to a city of habitation -, Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble -, Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat -, Their soul is melted because of trouble -, Then are they glad because they be quiet -, Let them exalt him also in the congregation -, And there he maketh the hungry to dwell -, They shall understand the lovinq-kindness of the Lord -, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. It is actually a compilation of sections from two other psalms. I have been often pleased, when in sea-port towns, to see and hear notes sent to the minister from pious sailors, returning thanks to the Almighty for preservation from shipwreck, and, in general, from the dangers of the sea; and for bringing them back in safety to their own port. Verses 4-9, “from the east,” tell of a group of wanderers, lost in the desert, who finally arrive at their destination. i. Those who go down to the sea in ships: When God gathered His people (verses 2-3), they had to come to the Promised Land from every direction. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Wisdom tells us to take notice. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Jehovah turns fruitful places into a wilderness; He turns the wilderness into a fruitful place…. See Psalm 107:8. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so - For they have had the fullest proof of this goodness, in being saved by the continuing stream of his mercy. e. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness: Once again the psalmist encourages all men to give thanks to God for His deliverance. i. Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. He calms the storm, Then they cried unto the Lord - When the Israelites began to pray heartily, and the eyes of all the tribes were as the eyes of one man turned unto the Lord, then he delivered them out of their distresses. “The hymn of praise ascribes to the Lord the power to change things. You can check these in your browser security settings. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 107:4 and continuing through verse 32. Then, a cry to the Almighty (and in such circumstances it is few that can lift up such a cry) is the only means that can be used to save the perishing wreck! What a wonderful discourse on Divine Providence, and God's management of the world, does this inimitable Psalm contain! https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-107.html. i. For His mercy endures forever. Those who go down to the sea in ships, So that its waves are still. 2 The redeemed of the Lord shall say so, Those whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy As they have no liberty, so they have no rest. But it does not say that he did. Four groups of people appear in stories, brief vignettes, narrated in verses 4-32 of Psalm 107. For He has broken the gates of bronze, He brought down their heart with labor - He delivered them into the hands of their enemies. Stagger like a drunken man: “The violent motion of the vessel prevents their keeping their legs, and their fears drive them out of all power to use their brains, and therefore they look like intoxicated men.” (Spurgeon), iii. This remarkable psalm praises God’s deliverance in four wonderful pictures. 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