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Picture This

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

When you got your high school yearbook, whose picture did you look for first? Why, yours of course! It’s a pretty natural reaction and one that can serve a good purpose as we consider Psalm 107. Different groups of people are described throughout this psalm.

Verses 4-8 describe people who were tired and lost, but the Lord brought them safely home. Verses 10-16 describe people who sat in darkness, in the deepest gloom, bound in suffering and chains. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of the darkness and broke their chains. Verses 17-22 tell of fools who were suffering because of their own rebellion against God. They hated food and were close to death. Then they cried to the Lord, and He saved them out of their distress.

You may be saying, “I see myself in one of those pictures, but only in the first part. I’m still lost on the journey, trapped in the dungeon, or suffering in my rebellion against God. How do I get out?” The answer is right in the psalm: “They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress” (verse 28). Prayer to the God of the universe is the way out.

You may know a lot about Jesus Christ or very little about Him, but all you have to know is that Jesus died so you could be forgiven of your sin and live a new life in Him.

Psalm 107 concludes, “Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.” Can you find yourself in that picture, rescued by the love of God?


Lord, thank You for setting me free from the bondage of sin and death. Amen.

To Ponder

Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men (from Psalm 107).
(The Navigators)