Psalm 107: Deliverance from Many Troubles

Under what conditions will God’s lovingkindness endure forever?

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Psalm 107:1 Thank the Lord for his goodness. His lovingkindness endures forever.
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Psalm 107:1  give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

What makes our stories important?

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Psalm 107:2 If you’ve been set free, if your life has been changed, tell your story. Let the world know how the Lord delivered you from the enemy.
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Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

By what means does God gather his people?

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Psalm 107:3–7 God gathered his people from everywhere, from the north, south, east, and west. They wandered a winding path in the wilderness and found no place they could call home. Hungry and thirsty, they were about to die. In their distress, they cried out to the Lord, and he delivered them.
God led them in the way that was right so they might reach the place where they were to live.
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Psalm 107:3–7 And gathered them 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 solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto 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 of habitation.

How are the hungry and thirsty satisfied?

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Psalm 107:8–9 Let them praise the Lord for his goodness and the wonderful miracles he has done for his people.
Those who hunger and thirst will find true satisfaction in the goodness of God.
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Psalm 107:8–9 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

What keeps those chained in darkness from wanting to obey God’s commands?

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Psalm 107:10–12 Like prisoners bound in chains, some sat in darkness, waiting to die, because they wouldn’t accept the direction of the Most High God and obey his commands. Humbled by the burden of all they were to do, they fell short, and no one was there to help them.
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Psalm 107:10–12 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

What are the greatest motivators that turn people to the Lord?

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Psalm 107:13–14 In desperate need, they finally cried out to the Lord, and he lifted them out of their distress. He broke their chains and brought them out of the dark dungeon and the threat of death.
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Psalm 107:13–14 Then they cried unto 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 brake their bands in sunder.

Which comes first, praising God or deliverance? Why?

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Psalm 107:15–16 Let them praise the Lord for his goodness and the wonderful miracles he has done for his people, for he has broken the bronze gates and cut through the iron bars.
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Psalm 107:15–16 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

What is satisfying about doing good? Why is doing evil not satisfying?

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Psalm 107:17–18 Fools suffer the tragic effect of turning from God and doing evil. Since they don’t hunger from what is good, they are malnourished and near death.
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Psalm 107:17–18 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

After experiencing God’s deliverance, what is the danger of not praising the Lord for his goodness?

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Psalm 107:19–22 But in their desperate need, they cried out to the Lord, and he lifted them out of their distress. By God’s command, they were healed and kept from the grave. Let them praise the Lord for his goodness and the wonderful miracles he has done for his people. Let them offer sacrifices with thanksgiving and joyfully sing of his wonderful works.
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Psalm 107:19–22 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Does God always calm the storm? Why??

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Psalm 107:23–30 Sailors work on ships that cross the vast oceans and see God’s wonders there. God speaks and the tempest comes, lifting towering waves. The crew climbs high on the masts to drop the sails. They cringe far below the upper deck, fearing for their lives. They stagger like drunkards, wishing there was something they could do. In their great distress, they finally cry out to the Lord, and he rescues them.
He calms the storm, and the waves no longer crash over the bow. Then they thank God for gentle winds that take them safely into port.
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Psalm 107:23–30 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

How can we best express our gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us?

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Psalm 107:31–32 Let them praise the Lord for his goodness and the wonderful miracles he has done for his people. In the company of their leaders, families, and friends, let them all praise the Lord.
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Psalm 107:31–32 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

If fruitful lands become barren because of wickedness, why do the wicked seem to prosper?

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Psalm 107:33–34 God causes rivers to become deserts and flowing springs to run dry. Because of the wickedness of its people, fruitful lands become barren.
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Psalm 107:33–34 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Does God help those who help themselves? Why?

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Psalm 107:35–39 God turns deserts into lands of lakes and opens flowing springs in the dry ground. He brings the hungry to build a city and dwell there. They scatter seeds in the fields and plant vineyards for bountiful harvests. God blesses them with prosperity and many children. Their herds keep growing. Abuse, tragedy, and sadness are diminished.
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Psalm 107:35–39 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

Why might self-serving people have difficulty finding their way?

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Psalm 107:40 God opposes self-serving leaders, causing them to wander where they can’t find their way.
Proverbs 3:6 Let the Lord guide everything you do, and he will keep you on the right path.
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Psalm 107:40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Why might we see the righteous in poverty and barren?

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Psalm 107:41–43 He lifts the poor out of poverty and increases families like a flock of sheep. The righteous will see it and rejoice, but the unrighteous will have nothing exciting to say.
Wise people will take note of these things and recognize the Lord’s lovingkindness.
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Psalm 107:41–43 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.