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Psalm 107

June 5, 2009

This psalm begins the fifth book of psalms. Its’ theme follows that of Psalms 105 and 106 emphasizing the need to give thanks to the Lord because He is good and loving. Verses 4-42 specifically tell of the Lord’s goodness and love.

Five examples are given concerning the Lord’s goodness and love. They are verses 4-9, 10-16, 17-22, 23-32, and 33-42. One can interpret theses sections literally or metaphorically. Both are true because it is God’s inspired Word. The psalmist may have written this after the exile and is reflecting on the redemption of Israel.

Verses 4-9 can represent people returning home to Israel after their captivity. They are wandering looking for food wherein God, in His love, guides them home and feeds them. It could also represent people who have turned to other religions, discovered their emptiness, and who have called on the Lord for forgiveness and expressed their desire to return and worship the only true God.

Verses 10-16 can represent people in bonds who have come to their senses and sought God’s forgiveness. It can also represent people in bondage to sin who cry out for forgiveness and salvation.

Verses 17-22 can represent people who rebelled against their captures and who, consequently, were mistreated and became ill or it could represent a people who rebelled against God and were subjected to His loving discipline until they repented and sought God’s love.

Verses 23-32 could represent those who escaped captivity [but not God] by going to sea and/or whose lives were also endangered on the sea. It could also represent a people whose lives are up and down in constant turmoil and uncertainty. They are calmed and assured after calling on God.

Verses 33-42 seem to refer to Israel’s ups and downs, blessings and curses, relating to the Lord’s discipline for disobedience or blessing for obedience. The same is true for us as individuals. The needy, those who recognize their need for God, are blessed and rejoice whereas the wicked are shut up [see Psalm 1].

So be wise. Listen and take heed of these words. The Lord is good and loving. Seek Him. Call upon Him. Worship Him and give Him thanks. Remember this truth; God’s love is unconditional but His blessings are conditional upon obeying His Word.

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