Psalm 107


The structure of this poem is ingenious and provides a great deal of help in interpretation. A song of thanksgiving for God’s “steadfast love”, the psalm exhorts the “Redeemed of the Lord [to] say so” and describes this body as having been gathered “from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” (Verses 2-3 might be a great motto verse for an international church plant.)

The next four strophes are each punctuated by two identical lines: “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress” and, “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” These lines are connected with four specific groups singled out of the global throng mentioned in verse 3: first wanderers, then prisoners, after that sinners, and finally mariners. In each anecdotal reference,  YHWH  meets their specific needs and answers their specific cries for help. (The description for the mariners’ plight may have you groping in your medicine cabinet for some Dramamine–or Gravol, in Canada.)

After listing a number of the things that God does, the psalmist closes with this exhortation:  “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.”

‘Nuff said.

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