Study Guide – Psalm 107:17-22

Psalm107-17-22

17 Some were fools; they rebelled
    and suffered for their sins.
18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food,
    and they were knocking on death’s door.
19 Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
    snatching them from the door of death.
21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
    and sing joyfully about his glorious acts. 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 17-22. 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 actions, both troublesome and freeing, did the people pursue?

 

What response does the writer of this psalm expect them to have now?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

If you were to place yourself in these verses, what stage of action would you be in? Take some time right now to pray about this.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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