Hopeless Situations

David gives four examples of hopeless situations in Psalm 107. Each hopeless situation in this Psalm and in your life is ordained by God…that means that God either caused it or allowed it. Whether God caused it or allowed it does not matter because the result is the same: you are in quicksand and you are sinking fast!

The Psalm begins with a summons: Psalm 107:1 ”Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” The summons is issued by the Holy Spirit as He inspires the writer. The summons is issued to believers: Psalm 107:2 ”Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” The main thrust of the summons is that thanks is to be given to God!

Psalm 107 is divided into four parts:

In verses 4-5, we see the wanderers whose souls have fainted in them because they did not know where to go.

In verses 10-12, we see the imprisoned who have made wrong decisions and have no one to help.

In verses 17-18, we see the foolish who have rejected what could of helped…God’s truth…they are afflicted and near the gates of death

In verses 23-27, we see people who are suddenly overcome by a great storm in life and is at their wits’ end.

Each of these parts are divided like this:

the hopeless situation: wandering people, prisoners, fools, and storm-tossed people

the cry for help (vs, 6,13,19,28): hurting people cry out to the Lord

God’s response: v. 7-9 – He satisfied the longing soul of the wanderers and led them where they were to be;

v14 – He broke the chains of the prisoners;

v. 20 – He sent his Word and healed the foolish;

v. 30 – He guides the storm-tossed to their desired haven.

Man’s Worship vs. 8,15,21,31: thanksgiving for what God has done, telling others of God’s wonderful work. The crying out is worship (I can’t but You can!)

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