Psalm 107:1-32 shows us that problems come to everyone. Four examples are given. The wanderer, the prisoner, the fool, and those who are in a storm. How these problems were dealt with, will be our study this week.
The prisoner (Psalm 107:10-16)
The problem (107:10-12)
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; 11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Their cry (107:13)
Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
God’s solution (107:14) (Reference 107:10)
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Our response should be to praise the Lord for His goodness (107:15)
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
God’s solution (107:16) (Reference 107:10)
For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
It is inconceivable to me why anyone who knows God and His word would rebel against it.
The greatest rebel is Satan.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-15)
He was created by God. He was the chief angel. When he rebelled, he took with him one-third of the heavenly host with him.
When we rebel against God and His word, we are following what Satan did.
What we need to do is follow God and His word.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God wants our obedience not our rebellion.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001