The theme of Psalm 107, especially verses 1-32, is that God is a God of deliverance. Verses 1-22 seem to focus on God delivering people from the consequences of sin. The people signed against God, became enslaved by the consequences of their sin, cried out to God, and He delivered them. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) we can believe and expect God to deliver in these ways today through faith in Jesus.
Jesus delivers us from futility. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord , for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalms 107:1-9 NKJV
They wandered around basically accomplishing nothing but moving deeper into poverty till they cried out to God. They cried out to God and He delivered them out of their futility and poverty. He led them in the right way and He satisfied them. He satisfied their souls and their bodies, their spiritual hunger and their physical hunger.
Jesus delivers them from slavery. “Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons— Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two. ” Psalms 107:10-16 NKJV
They were enslaved because of their sin. They had rebelled against God, and despised His Words. This causes them to be bound in affliction as they sat in darkness and the shadow of death. Their life and work was hard and bitter, until they called on the Lord. He delivered them from darkness and broke the chains of their slavery.
Jesus delivered them from sickness. “Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.” Psalms 107:17-22 NKJV
They were physically sick and about to die because of their sin. While sickness isnt always due tonsin, it was in this case. They were delivered from their sickness as they called on the Lord.
Jesus delivered them from the storms of life. “Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the Lord , And His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.” Psalms 107:23-32 NKJV
The picture here is that of a pretty severe storm. I’d guess it’s the kind of storm that makes them feel as though they’re going to die. They were delivered from this storm as they called on the Lord.
The God who delivered in Psalm 107 is the God who delivers today. Call on Him for deliverance. Confess any sin in your life. Turn from your sin and to God today.