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Psalms Book Five

(The Book of Praise)

Psalm 107

English Standard Version (ESV)

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
  whom he has redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
  from the east and from the west,
  from the north and from the south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
  finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5 hungry and thirsty,
  their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
  and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
  till they reached a city to dwell in.
8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
  for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9 For he satisfies the longing soul,
  and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
  and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
  they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
  and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
  and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
  for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
  and cuts in two the bars of iron.


  • The hungry, thirsty, and homeless of Judah cried to the Lord. God redeemed, and with unfailing love led them to a city where they could settle.
  • The pattern seen here is followed in each portrait of redemption. (If time permits, try to read through the whole Psalm.) Calamity leaves God’s people in desperate straits. They cry to God. He rescues them. Each calamity and rescue enriches our understanding of redemption, that we might praise God.
  • In response to God’s rescue, the psalmist calls us to: “thank the Lord for his steadfast love…” (vv8, 15, 21, 31). Thanksgiving leads us to remember God’s action, but even more, it gives witness to God’s character – his goodness, his steadfast love, etc.
  • Are you likely to call out to God in the midst of your trouble as those in this passage did? Why or why not?
  • In what ways can you imitate the goodness of God displayed in this psalm?


Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the “Spiritual Journal” book.