David gives four examples of hopeless situations in Psalm 107. Each hopeless situation in this Psalm and in your life is ordained by Godâ€¦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 â€Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.â€ The summons is issued by the Holy Spirit as He inspires the writer. The summons is issued to believers: Psalm 107:2 â€Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.â€ 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 helpedâ€¦Godâ€™s truthâ€¦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 witsâ€™ 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
Godâ€™s response: v. 7-9 â€“ 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 â€“ He sent his Word and healed the foolish;
v. 30 – He guides the storm-tossed to their desired haven.
Manâ€™s Worship vs. 8,15,21,31: thanksgiving for what God has done, telling others of Godâ€™s wonderful work. The crying out is worship (I canâ€™t but You can!)