Sailors Are Delivered From a Troubled Sea

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Storms

These verses address the fourth and final segment of deliverance. It has to do with those that go down to the sea in ships (v. 23). One of the great advantages of being a sailor is that “these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep” (v. 24). The tempests and storms that suddenly arise on the sea cause great concern to even the most seasoned sailor. The psalmist pictures the sailor at the complete mercy of God as he is tossed to and fro by the raging sea (v. 25). As the sailor attempts to ride out the storm his ship seems to “mount up to the heaven” (v. 26) as it rises high on the crest of the waves. Then it “goes down again to the depths” of the sea between the waves. Regardless of how brave these sailors try to act, their soul is melted because of trouble and their toughness is broken by the command of God (v. 27).

When man is at his wit’s end, then he will call unto the Lord and He will bring him out of his distress (v. 28). The Lord “maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves are still” (v. 29). Regardless of how fierce the storm of life may get, when men cry out for help, “He bringeth them unto their desired haven” (v. 30) of rest. The psalmist reminds Israel of the dreadful time through which the nation has just passed, pointing out both the cause and the cure. The sailors prayed in their distress , and the Lord responded to their prayer. He quieted the sea and brought the sailors safely to their destination We need to praise the Lord constantly for His love and  for all the wonderful things He does for us (v. 31). We also need to make sure we are honoring the Lord when we meet with our leaders and those that we worship with (v. 32).

Application

What does this have to say to me today? Do I find myself out in the spiritual deep? If so I must remember there is a cause and allow the Spirit of God to show me why and what I need to do. There is a cure. He has not abandoned me and will bring me through my problems if I will allow Him to.

Psalms 107:23-32 (English Standard Version)

Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits' end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

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