Meditations on the Psalms #227

Psalm 107 Part 1

This psalm opens book 5 which corresponds to the Book of Deuteronomy. It is, therefore, like its counterpart a very spiritual book – Deuteronomy is the spiritual interpretation of the law and literally means “the second law.” This 5th book of the psalter contains songs of redemption and grace. Ps107 is the answer to the prayer of Ps106:47 “Save us, O LORD, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”

This is a highly poetical and majestic piece of literature. It describes the inner and outer journey of traveller’s and it praises God’s deliverance in four wonderful pictures. These four pictures show that everyone’s story is different, and yet everyone’s story is the same.
Consider the successive vignettes of this psalm. Love broods over the weary caravan that faints in the desert; visits the prison-house with its captives; watches by our beds of pain; notices each lurch of the tempest-driven ship; each brings the weary travellers from the wilderness into the fruitful soil.

These four pictures reveal life as a journey and as a state – the journey due to circumstances and the state due to sin. Circumstances are things over which we have no control. These are arranged in a chiasm:

a)vs1-3 thanking the Lord for what He has done,
b)The journey on land due to circumstances.  This is the journey without and is disciplinary. vs4-9.
c)A state of enslavement, the sin is within and is therefore punitive or corrective. vs10-16
c) A state of sickness because of sin and is within and punitive. vs17-22
b)A journey at sea due to circumstances. This is the journey without and is disciplinary. vs23-32
a)Vs33-42 Conclude with contemplation of the wonderful things the Lord does. 

With precision and beauty each of the 4 stanzas from vs4-32 contain 5 parts 1] Trouble is portrayed (4-5,10-12,17-18,23-27.) 2] prayer is resorted to (v6,13,19,28) 3] Divine help is given (7,14,20,29-30). 4] Praise is called for (v8,15,21,31). 5] stanzas 1 & 2 a reason is added v9 & 16, and in stanzas 3 & 4 an appeal is added v22 & 32.

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