My Life Verses: Psalm 107

Day 22:  Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
    Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies …

Some wandered in the wilderness,
    lost and homeless.
Hungry and thirsty,
    they nearly died.
Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
    and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them straight to safety,
    to a city where they could live.
Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
For he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things …

43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
    they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.” (Psalm 107: 2, 4-9, 43) NLT 

This entire Psalm holds a special place in my heart because of two things:  1. It was the text for one of the first devotionals I gave as a Bethany Wilderness Ministry (BWM) leader and 2. Right around that time my pastor used this Psalm in a memorable sermon as well.  It was one of those times when I KNEW God was talking to me directly as He often uses repetition in my life to get my attention.  I’d encourage you to read the whole Psalm here.

So what was it that spoke to me from Psalm 107?  First of all, it was the repeated phrase: “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.” In this Psalm there are four different types of problems presented and then four unique solutions given for each one.  And yet, in between the problem and solution, each group cries out to God for help and He rescues them!

This made a big impact on me because it showed me that no matter my issue, no matter my trouble, no matter my struggle, God is right there simply waiting for for me to finally cry out to Him.  And also that He will always answer me in the best possible way for the exact situation I find myself in.

I shared some of these truths in my BWM devotional.  In it I had people get into four groups depending on which situation from Psalm 107 they most identified with at the moment: those wandering in the wilderness, those sitting in darkness and deepest gloom, those who were foolish and suffering from their sins, or those on ships being tossed about on the seas.  Then I asked them IF they had cried out yet to God in the middle of their problem and why or why not. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble.”  This is the first step we all need to take and yet how often we try everything else first!

I also asked them HOW they felt God was uniquely rescuing them from their distress.  And shared that ultimately God wants to change us, not our circumstance (although He may do that too).  Because the other repeated phrase from the four sections of Psalm 107 is this: Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.”  This is sometimes not an easy thing to do in the midst of trouble but something I feel that we all must find a way to do if we are ever to come to grips with the current reality of life here on earth.

These are still truths I try share with those in my life who are deeply struggling and in need of help.  First, cry out honestly to God – He is big enough to take it.  Next, trust that He will answer them in just the right way and in just the right time.  Finally, to find ways to praise God, sometimes even in the midst of their difficulty.

Also, I feel that for me right now this verse is very pertinent: Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!  Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.”  For God has redeemed me and so I do feel called to speak out and tell others the ways in which He has done so in my own life.  Just as I am seeking to do right here!

        Psalm 107: 2, 4-9, 43) NLT

Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
    Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies …

Some wandered in the wilderness,
    lost and homeless.
Hungry and thirsty,
    they nearly died.
Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
    and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them straight to safety,
    to a city where they could live.
Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
For he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things …

43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
    they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.” 

2 thoughts on “My Life Verses: Psalm 107

  1. Janet from FL

    I love that! “Lord help!” and He does every time! We just have to ask and believe. Thanks for sharing this Psalm. I wasn’t familiar with it. I love the different issues that people were dealing with, and just by crying out to God for help, they were saved. Super!

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    1. Bethany Post author

      Yes, I hadn’t really read this Psalm much either until I came across it in my 1 Year Bible. It made a big impact on me at the time and is still has some good go-to verses in it for me! Glad you got to enjoy coming across it now too.

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