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

This psalm is associated with the laying of the foundation of the new temple in Jerusalem after the return from the Babylonian Exile. 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 psalm features various hardships brought on by the dispersion (vv. 4-32), 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. 

The psalmist describes Israel as a people who sit in prison. The cell is dark, and the threat of execution hangs over them. They are condemned to “the shadow of death” because they have rebelled against the works of God (v. 10). They brought on this affliction through their rebellion against God and their scorn for His words (v. 11). You were worn out from working like slaves and no one came to help (v. 12). Sin had brought the nation to its deathbed. In their deep distress the people once again began to cry out to the Lord. (There is no hint of prayer until then). And He saved them out of their distresses (v. 13). This was done by bringing them out of darkness and the shadow of death and removing their bonds from them (v. 14). This illustrates how man is not always healed by the skill of the surgeon, but he is sometimes healed by the simple word of the Lord. Spiritually this is a perfect picture of salvation. The psalmist goes on to tell how a person who is rescued from either physical or spiritual sickness should praise the Lord (v. 15). He breaks down the gates and opens the locks (v. 16).

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 107:1-16 (English Standard Version)


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