Paying attention to the text of Psalm 107
Some observations filled with awe.
- Verses 6, 13, 19, 28 are identical
- Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble
and he delivered them from their distress.
- Verses 8, 15, 21, 31 are identical
- Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
- Throughout, the steadfast love of the LORD is the theme from the opening line “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (vs. 1) to its final verse exhortation, “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.” The redeemed, the ones who belong to him and love him should …
- Meditate on the steadfast love of the Lord (vs. 8, 15, 21, 31, 43)
- Give thanks for the steadfast love of the Lord (vs. 8, 15, 21, 31)
- Extol him in corporate praise and worship (vs. 2, 32)
- Witness to the world of his redeeming hand (vs. 2)
Verses 4-5 and 9 capture my spirit.
Psalm 107:4-5 (ESV)
4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5 hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
9 For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
How succinctly the word of God diagnoses and points the direction of our help. We, like ancient Israel, wander in desert wastes finding no security, hungry and thirsty for what only God can supply, with fainting souls (vs. 6) and then when our hunger is greatest, when our need is most extreme, when our hope is almost gone, … our wandering heart cries out to him from the turbulent waters of our trouble and finds him and he, he only, satisfies our longing souls. He fills up the hunger with … himself. “HE satisfies the longing soul.” Him. Himself.
“Oh God, make us hunger for you like you hunger for us. For your glory, for our joy, for the joy of the world, give us a hunger that will not be satisfied with anything less than you. In the name of our Messiah and coming King, we ask it, Amen.”
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton : Standard Bible Society, 2001