Psalms Chapter 107
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 107 Bible commentary...
God's providential care of the children of men in distresses, in banishment, and dispersion. (1-9) In captivity. (10-16) In sickness. (17-22) Danger at sea.(23-32) God's hand is to be seen by his own people. (33-43)
1-9 In these verses there is reference to the deliverance from Egypt, and perhaps that from Babylon: but the circumstances of travellers in those countries are also noted. It is scarcely possible to conceive the horrors suffered by the hapless traveller, when crossing the trackless sands, exposed to the burning rays of the sum. The words describe their case whom the Lord has redeemed from the bondage of Satan; who pass through the world as a dangerous and dreary wilderness, often ready to faint through troubles, fears, and temptations. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, after God, and communion with him, shall be filled with the goodness of his house, both in grace and glory.
10-16 This description of prisoners and captives intimates that they are desolate and sorrowful. In the eastern prisons the captives were and are treated with much severity. Afflicting providences must be improved as humbling providences; and we lose the benefit, if our hearts are unhumbled and unbroken under them. This is a shadow of the sinner's deliverance from a far worse confinement. The awakened sinner discovers his guilt and misery. Having struggled in vain for deliverance, he finds there is no help for him but in the mercy and grace of God. His sin is forgiven by a merciful God, and his pardon is accompanied by deliverance from the power of sin and Satan, and by the sanctifying and comforting influences of God the Holy Spirit.
17-22 If we knew no sin, we should know no sickness. Sinners are fools. They hurt their bodily health by intemperance, and endanger their lives by indulging their appetites. This their way is their folly. The weakness of the body is the effect of sickness. It is by the power and mercy of God that we are recovered from sickness, and it is our duty to be thankful. All Christ's miraculous cures were emblems of his healing diseases of the soul. It is also to be applied to the spiritual cures which the Spirit of grace works. He sends his word, and heals souls; convinces, converts them, makes them holy, and all by the word. Even in common cases of recovery from sickness, God in his providence speaks, and it is done; by his word and Spirit the soul is restored to health and holiness.
23-32 Let those who go to sea, consider and adore the Lord. Mariners have their business upon the tempestuous ocean, and there witness deliverances of which others cannot form an idea. How seasonable it is at such a time to pray! This may remind us of the terrors and distress of conscience many experience, and of those deep scenes of trouble which many pass through, in their Christian course. Yet, in answer to their cries, the Lord turns their storm into a calm, and causes their trials to end in gladness.
33-43 What surprising changes are often made in the affairs of men! Let the present desolate state of Judea, and of other countries, explain this. If we look abroad in the world, we see many greatly increase, whose beginning was small. We see many who have thus suddenly risen, as suddenly brought to nothing. Worldly wealth is uncertain; often those who are filled with it, ere they are aware, lose it again. God has many ways of making men poor. The righteous shall rejoice. It shall fully convince all those who deny the Divine Providence. When sinners see how justly God takes away the gifts they have abused, they will not have a word to say. It is of great use to us to be fully assured of God's goodness, and duly affected with it. It is our wisdom to mind our duty, and to refer our comfort to him. A truly wise person will treasure in his heart this delightful psalm. From it, he will fully understand the weakness and wretchedness of man, and the power and loving-kindness of God, not for our merit, but for his mercy's sake.
Timothy Wayne George's Psalms Chapter 107 comment on 5/15/2013, 7:09am...
The theme of this Psalm O that men would praise the Lord, for His goodness, and wonderful works to the children of men. Over and over we find ourselves in trouble for the past mistakes we have made, but when we cry to the Lord in our affliction, He delivers us from all our trouble. Always praise the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever.
Paul's Psalms Chapter 107 comment on 3/19/2013, 8:18am...
I love this Bible verse because it builds me up.
Alex's Psalms Chapter 107 comment on 2/17/2013, 4:00pm...
Psalms 107:4-5 talks about those who cannot find their place in life, verses 10-11: those entangled in bondage ad trapped in darkness, verse 19-22: those whose sin reduces them to fool, verse 23-24 those who veered off course after all the good things God has done for them, they give the reward to themselves instead of being rewarded by God. Any difficult situation that they faced GOD still came through for them. We might be born again children of God but if we donít understand the love of God, we are going to live a miserable life. These people spoken in this chapter know that it is God who could save them; when they cried to the Lord he heard them. What does the Lord mean? The Lord means owner, we donít own our lives but Jesus owns them. We are going to face challenges in life and if we understand how much he loves us, life will be full of joy. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth all knowledge, that ye might b filled with all the fullness of GOD, Ephesians 3:17-19.
Bobbie L Smith's Psalms Chapter 107 comment about verse 20 on 1/18/2013, 6:14pm...
Read this commentary on this scripture, I found it helpful:
Verse 20, Recovery from sickness must be ascribed to the Lord, and gratitude should flow forth because of it. But the text describes spiritual and mental sickness. Notice, the Patient in his extremity. He is a fool: by nature inclined to evil. He has played the fool (see Psalms 107:17 ), "transgression", "iniquities." He now has lost all appetite and is past all cure. He is at death's door. But he has begun to pray. The Cure is in its simplicity.
BALA MONDAY ZOE's Psalms Chapter 107 comment about verse 20 on 8/23/2012, 3:33am...
his word is the cure for ignorance and destruction
HARRY ALLISON's Psalms Chapter 107 comment on 7/17/2012, 2:53am...
I believe that mans personality ,sinful nature,and self-preservation attitude has not changed much if any over the centuries.i have a tendency to get BLESSED by JESUS ,lose my gratitude ,and go my own way too..JESUS still LOVES me back into HIS PROTECTING ARMS like a MOTHER HEN.DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
Tina Rhea Sheffield's Psalms Chapter 107 comment about verse 2 on 9/23/2011, 12:38am...
I believe that 107:2 is referring to 107:1 and so we're to testify and give thanks for God's goodness and mercy. For, truly God is good and merciful!
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