10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
11 They rebelled against the words of God,
scorning the counsel of the Most High.
12 That is why he broke them with hard labor;
they fell, and no one was there to help them.
13 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;
he snapped their chains.
15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze;
he cut apart their bars of iron. NLT
Background: Psalm 107 begins the fifth and final collection of “books” in the Psalter. This psalm has a context of Israel’s Exile during the time of the kings and prophets. While it dives into the despair Israel experienced, this chapter’s purpose is to point God’s people towards the Lord’s redemptive work from spiritual and physical bondage. This theme will ultimately lead to celebrations of praise in Psalms 145-150.
With this in mind, read verses 10-16. What do you learn about the people mentioned in these verses?
What actions, both difficult and celebratory, did the Lord take on their behalf?
What response does the writer of this psalm expect them to act upon?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
Think of your own story for a moment. What parallels do you have with the people in mentioned in these verses?