23 Some went off to sea in ships,
plying the trade routes of the world.
24 They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action,
his impressive works on the deepest seas.
25 He spoke, and the winds rose,
stirring up the waves.
26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens
and plunged again to the depths;
the sailors cringed in terror.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards
and were at their wits’ end.
28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
29 He calmed the storm to a whisper
and stilled the waves.
30 What a blessing was that stillness
as he brought them safely into harbor!
31 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
32 Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation
and before the leaders of the nation. 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.
Look back at verses 10-16 and 17-22. What two types of people are mentioned in these sections?
With this in mind, read verses 23-32. 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 have now?
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What do you learn about God from this section?