Psalm 107:  He Satisfies

For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.  Psalm 107:9

 

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles

 

Psalm 107.  A psalm of redemption – from wandering (4-9), prison (10-16), rebelliousness (17-22), and distress (23-32).   This psalm reviews God’s actions in the experiences of His people that begins and concludes with appeals to trust in the “loyal love” of God.

107:4-9 He satisfies:  This is the point that every generation of believers needs to remember.   We will never discover anything more satisfying than the Lord, who will meet all our needs.

4  They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. 5  Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. 6  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. 7  And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. 8  Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 9  For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

107:10 Those who sat in darkness refers to prisoners.  Those who know the Lord will call out to Him in their distress, even though it may have been their own rebellion that caused the distress.  The mercy of God is demonstrated in His acts of deliverance, acts that call for renewed praise to Him for His goodness.

10  Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons–

107:17 Fools is a harsh word that emphasizes moral failure (Proverbs 1:7; 15:5).  These people deserved the trouble they suffered.  Yet they too may call upon the Lord, and He will deliver and restore them.

17  Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

107:33-35 He turns rivers into a wilderness:  Because of the people’s sinfulness, God may bring curses on the land and afflict people with harsh circumstances in order to drive them back into His loving arms (1 Kin. 17:1-7).  Turns a wilderness into pools of water:  When His people cried to Him for assistance, God restored the fertility of the land (Deut. 30:1-10; Ruth 1:6).

33  He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground; 34  A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35  He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.

107:43 Whoever is wise:  There is no wisdom apart from centering in and responding to the love of God.  The psalmist exhorts the readers to review God’s history of delivering those in trouble, and praise His great love.

43  Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

** God has a good track record.  His goodness towards His rebellious people fills the Scripture.  When people cry out in a barren land facing oppression and death, there He comes again rushing to rescue His prodigal sons and daughters having forgiveness and blessings ready up His sleeve.  Redemption costs Him life but it costs us our pride only.  I’d rather repent and be redeemed than not.

 


107 1  Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, 3  And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. 4  They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. 5  Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. 6  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. 7  And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. 8  Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 9  For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

10  Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons– 11  Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, 12  Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. 13  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. 15  Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 16  For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.

17  Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18  Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. 19  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20  He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. 21  Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 22  Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.

23  Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, 24  They see the works of the Lord, And His wonders in the deep. 25  For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. 26  They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. 27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. 28  Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. 29  He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. 30  Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. 31  Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 32  Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.

33  He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground; 34  A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35  He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings. 36  There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place, 37  And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest. 38  He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease. 39  When they are diminished and brought low Through oppression, affliction and sorrow, 40  He pours contempt on princes, And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way; 41  Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, And makes their families like a flock. 42  The righteous see it and rejoice, And all iniquity stops its mouth. 43  Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.