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Say So! (7 of 8)
Series: Summer in the Psalms
TEXT: Psalm 107:1-3 (Recite together)
Years ago when I was still in the Christian music ministry I wrote a song based on this psalm.
"There's a wave of excitement...."
It included the "wave".
Let's try it......
This psalm is a declaration of God's redemption of those who were removed from their homeland and scattered abroad because of their sin.
Prior to the Babylonian Exile in 586 B.C., God warned His people through His prophets that there would come a day when their city would be destroyed and they would be taken into exile.
In the psalm that precedes this the psalmist recalls some of the various sins throughout the history of Israel that led them into captivity.
We see in verse 6 where the psalmist confesses,
Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
And then throughout the remainder of the psalm he cites specifically how they rebelled against God and then oppressed by nations, and then God delivering them.
Look at verse 43:
Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity.
And then in verse 47 we see the following plea:
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
So, here we see God's people scattered across the nations because of their rebellion and the psalmist asking God to gather them back together in their own land.
But notice that the purpose was "to give thanks to your holy name" and to "glory in your praise."
God's working in your life is not all about you; it's about giving God the glory.
In Psalm 107 we see the fulfillment of Psalm 106.
When the psalmist speaks of North, South, East and West, he is speaking about every direction.
In the next several verses he gets specific about what ...
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