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Then He Delivered Them

Psalm 107:6 – “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.” ESV


A call for God’s people to give thanks to Him for His goodness is a recurring theme in Psalm 107.

God’s goodness is demonstrated in His mercy by which He delivers them from their distresses when

they call out to Him.


First, the psalmist remembers when they were wandering in the wilderness without food or water and

they were fainting. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them.” He

satisfied their longing souls and filled them with goodness.


Next, he remembers those who were in chains and dungeons because of their rebellion. “Then they

cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them.” He brought them out of the darkness,

broke the chains and cut the bars of iron.


Then, he remembers those who were being afflicted because of their own foolishness. They were near

death and couldn’t eat. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them.” He

sent His word and healed them.


Then, he remembers the merchant seamen who get caught in monstrous storms and loose hope for

survival. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them.” He calmed the storm

and guided them to safe-haven.


Then, he remembers those whose crops have failed because of God’s judgment on their wickedness.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them.” He gave them rain and

returned the land to fruitfulness.


Then, he remembers those who were being oppressed by enemies. “Then they cried out to the Lord in

their trouble, and He delivered them.” He rescued them and made the oppressors wander in the

trackless wilderness.


Each of these observations is followed with a call to give thanks to God for His goodness.

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,

And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” NKJV


The psalm ends with;

“Whoever is wise will observe these things,

And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” NKJV


Prayer: Thank You Lord, that when I call out to You for help, You rescue me. Help me to remember all

the times when You have rescued me. I want to be wise and understand Your lovingkindness to me.”

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