Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
There is a very good solution for those who are in trouble and see no way out. The writer of Psalm 107 gives four examples of trouble people endured. After they did one particular thing, God delivered them.
When reading Psalm 107, one might think the people in trouble are the main focus. However, God who delivered them out of their various troubles is the main focus. Find out the different problems God's people faced and the one thing they all did that brought them out of their troubles. If God did it for them, He can do it for you also.
About Psalm 107
Psalm 107 is a psalm of 43 verses where the psalmist celebrates God's deliverance of His people from their trouble. Then the people offer thanks to Him for delivering them out of their difficult situations when they could see no way out. They did the one thing that captured God's attention. They cried out to Him.
The four examples of trouble include the following:
- The homeless
- The distressed and imprisoned
- The sick
- Those drowning in trouble
While each trouble is different, all the people did the same thing to get out of trouble. Every stanza follows the same format. First, the problem is identified. Then the person cried out to God for help. God delivered them. The people thanked God for their deliverance.
1. The Homeless
"Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty and their lives ebbed away." (Psalm 107:4-5)
In other words, they were homeless.
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress." (Psalm 107:9)
2. The Depressed and Imprisoned
"Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains." (Psalm 107:10)
In other words, they were depressed and in prison.
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress." (Psalm 107:13)
3. The Sick
"Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered afflictions because of their iniquities." (Psalm 107:17)
In other words, they were sick.
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress." (Psalm 107:19)
4. Those Drowning in Trouble
"Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits' end." (Psalm 107:23, 27)
In other words, they were drowning in their trouble.
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress." (Psalm 107:28)
Whoever is wise, let him heed these examples and cry out to the Lord in his troubles, and God will bring him out of his distress. (Psalm 107:43)
Notice in each one of the four examples, everybody's trouble is identified, and everybody's trouble is different. The word "Then" is mentioned in each example that indicates what happened next.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble. (Psalm 107:9, 13, 19, 28)
Even though the trouble was not the same in all four examples, all the people received the same results. They were delivered from all their trouble.
And God brought them out of their distress. (Psalm 107:9, 13, 19, 28, 43)
Trouble is trouble, and even though your particular problem is not listed in Psalm 107, know that God can deliver you from whatever trouble you encounter. You might not have trouble exactly like the examples given in Psalm 107. However, God can deliver you from your personalized trouble. That is the type of God we serve. He is no respecter of person. What He does for some, He can do for others. God doesn't play "Eeny, meeny, miny, Moe" to choose whom He will deliver.