Celebrating The Jews Return From Babylonian Exile

Jack Wyrtzen, the founder and director of Word of Life Fellowship often quoted verse two of this chapter as an encouragement to witness. It was my privilege to be closely associated with him, in ministry, for over 35 years as my wife and I served with him on the Word of Life staf … More

Witnessing

It seems that this psalm is associated with the laying of the foundation of the temple in Jerusalem.  In fact, some Bible scholars say that Psalms 107 through 119 were probably sung in connection with the laying of the foundation for the new temple. This was after the Jews had returned from 70 years of exile in Babylon. This could refer to the fact that God’s people are viewed as collected from all worldly powers into their present position as His chosen people.

There is not much that we can give to God. He does not need our money or our service. What He wants is our praise and our thanks (v. 1). Everyone the Lord has redeemed should praise Him (v. 2). The Lord is in the business of redeeming people from the four corners of the earth and calling out a people for His own (v. 3). This pictures devotees streaming in from all directions while the balance of the psalm features various hardships brought on by the dispersion (vv. 4-32). The psalmist describes life situations from which the redeemed have been delivered by the power of God. “The Lord satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry with goodness” (v. 9). He wants the undefined longing we feel in our souls to drive us to Him. He gives four examples of the Lord’s deliverance of His people:

  1. He delivered some from starving in the dessert (vv. 4-9).
  2. He delivered prisoners from bondage (vv. 10-16).
  3. He delivered the sick from death (vv. 17-22).
  4. He delivered sailors in trouble at sea (vv. 23-32).

Application

God has done so much for me to thank Him for. He wants me to tell everyone that He puts in my path all that He has done for me.

Psalms 107:1-9 (English Standard Version)

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, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

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