Speak Out!

Psalm 107:1-43

It is the conclusion to a four-part summary of God’s work on earth to that point in history.

Psalm 104

Psalm 105

Psalm 106

Psalm 107

History of the
Creation and Flood

power over nature

History of the
Patriarchs to the
Conquest of Canaan

power over enemies

History of Israel in
Their Land until the
Babylonian Captivity

patience with his people

History of the Return
to the Land from
Exile

promises kept and to keep

repeated cycle: trouble => cry for help => response => thanksgiving

6, 13, 19, 28 “​Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses.”

8, 15, 21, 31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

summarized by both Asaph and David: Psa. 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” …and… Psa. 86:7 “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.”

Psalm produced for people of God in period immediately after return from Babylonian exile. Begins with exhortation to praise, followed by encouragement and reminder of reasons why praise is warranted.

A. speak up v.1-3

addressed to the redeemed who have been gathered from captivity ….but first exhortation applies universally: God is worthy of praise simply because he is God; no other reason necessary

regardless of individual standing before God, he is good and displays his goodness to all his creatures – every individual without exception is beneficiary of God’s providential care, He deserves their thanks

those in covenant community – God’s people – have additional reasons for praise and thanksgiving: his faithful love (mercy) as expressed toward his people in particular ways

on basis of God/people, Father/child relationship, the redeemed experience God’s blessing in ways over and above his general care for all dependent people

just like earthly father: likes the neighbor kids ok, gives his own kids special treatment/attention

return prompted mix of emotions: joy and sorrow – Ezr. 3:11-13…all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.But many …old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy,so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.”

joy over deliverance / progress, sorrow at slow pace / small beginnings; God’s people had been delivered but…didn’t feel like they had really arrived at the promise

introduction sets up tension and promise described in remainder of psalm

the Lord’s redeemed have been delivered from power of the enemy, have been gathered out of the lands, but…still live in enemy territory – have guarantee of but not full receipt of entire inheritance, yet

people of God have much for which to praise God publicly and loudly – speak up!! speak out!! those around need to hear, whether to encourage them in their journey or turn them around to right direction

B. travellers lost in the desert v.4-9 restlessness

seems impossible for them to put down roots – continually on the move, never in one place long, never satisfied but always seeking what is missing

shows in educational choices, employment history, relationships, residence – can’t decide on college major, move from job to job without apparent reason, can’t make or maintain close personal relationships, planning how to acquire next house/apartment before moving dust settles

often talk about the next thing, how it will satisfy desires or goals; usually the next thing not the present one, though

makes perfect sense for those sent into exile – it wasn’t supposed to satisfy, was intended to increase thirst and hunger for the right stuff

true also of those who have never left exile: it’s not the place God designed to meet man’s need, makes it hard to settle

is hard on purpose: if it’s easy, won’t look for what is better, won’t hunger and thirst after God if already satisfied

people cry out to God in response to pain – hunger, thirst, fatigue – acknowledging God is only right source of help

God’s response – lead his people on right way / level road / straight path so they will eventually reach suitable home

no “beam me up, Scotty” teleportation; is a process, a journey to ultimate destination

let those whom God has set on the right path give thanks for his loyal love and amazing works!

here’s why: only God can fully satisfy man’s need, and, God will fully satisfy man’s needs when they seek him

C. prisoners in iron bondage v.10-16 bondage

those who are in the dark – do not have clear grasp of their problem, consequently no clue what right solution would be

root cause: rebellion against God, despising his instruction, determined to go their own way thinking it is best

God’s action: use suffering to humble their rebellious hearts; external enemies / oppressors in Israel’s day, often also includes self-inflicted suffering

much of the time, all God need do is let out the leash: allow rebellious people to have their own way, try to solve their own problems in their own way

examples abound: people of all ages, stations, circumstances who are prisoners of their own making

bound to creditors because of poor financial choices; chained to substances or behaviors that enslave; prisoners in destructive relationships, maybe even in jail cell; bound up in ruinous habitual behaviors (controlling, bitter, gossips, etc)

God’s way of resolution: bring them to end of all resources, place where they are completely at mercy of others – no friends, no car, no job, no money, no home, no future, no stuff, no hope; what’s left? only God

God’s response to their cry: bring them into the light and out of their bondage, again doing for them what they are absolutely unable to do for themselves

important note: God does not unlock the shackles, he breaks the chains in pieces, shatters the gates, cuts the bars; when God delivers, the old slavemaster has no more hold, no more way to imprison – not something psychiatrist or social worker can achieve

repeat refrain!!

D. sick men v.17-22 affliction

fool: in general, one who is morally perverse; upside down standard of right and wrong, contrary to God and his laws

suffer affliction because of sinful lifestyle; may be result of divine action, may simply be natural consequences

also, may be outcome of blatant horrible sin and accompanying lifestyle – criminal activity, promiscuous immorality, or the like; can be result of quieter more civil sins – worry, discontent, pride

physical affliction often has source that is spiritual – conflict from living contrary to our design (image-bearers)

notice method God used to bring about restoration: sent his Word and healed them and delivered them

God’s Word when applied by his Spirit brings about all sorts of healing and deliverance; also instills attitude of service

those who have experienced power of God’s Word have duty, should have desire to thank God, declare loudly and joyfully to others what God has done for them

E. mariners tossed with tempest v.23-32 agitation

one group out of four who were in trouble that wasn’t of their own making – simply carrying on their appointed business

just like disciples: Jesus “made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him” Matt. 14:22 battered by waves, wind was against them

situation where not only people are out of control, are beyond any human help and in immediate peril of death

as always, God goes above and beyond immediate need: eliminates present danger (calms storm) and brings people to safe haven (calms hearts)

this example given to demonstrate: God can be trusted to keep his people safe in absolutely all situations regardless of any other considerations

God will do what only God can do and what God must do when his people cry out to him for help – only God can give calm heart in midst of storms of life

and, God doesn’t just make storms of life go away; brings his people safely home to their “desired haven”, heaven

F. redeemed ones rejoice v.33-42

God’s providential care extends to all his people – pretty big promises in this part of the psalm!

need reminding, reinforcement of God’s faithfulness; also need extra encouragement when reality appears to fall short of promise

reminder helps God’s people look around, see what God really is doing, and rejoice

just as God has been faithful to keep his promises in the past, he will do same in future and bring all his people to their desired haven

G. summing up v.43

the wise one reflects and meditates…in addition to public praise and proclamation

Jesus was homeless and hungry, unjustly arrested and treated, was sick in his soul, tossed about by tempest of Father’s wrath

during his ministry: fed the hungry, delivered from bondage to Satan, healed and forgave the sick, stilled the storm

Christ just as able and active today demonstrating his faithful and steadfast love, has power to deliver from any situation whether physical or spiritual

personal application: Christ is all you need, whatever the situation. Second, do you know someone who is lost, in bondage, afflicted, tossed around? Their best and only hope is the same person: Christ. “Redemption Accomplished and Applied”, John Murray – has been accomplished in full, applied in fact but not yet fullness. We can still be satisfied in Christ, content knowing best is yet to come!

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