I love questions! More than questions, I love answers. When I was in college, everyone wanted to study with me because in preparation for a test, I would go through the text and make up every possible question that could be asked. As I studied, I would type each question and the answer with it. Usually by the time I had finished this procedure, I knew the material and could ace the test. My classmates wanted me to go over the questions with them so they could benefit from the work I had put in. Looking back, surely I could have turned a profit for my effort, but what are a few questions and answers among friends?
Recently I’ve discovered that a fun and profitable way to get the most out of scripture passages is to use the same procedure. Come study Psalm 107: 1-22 with me. I think you’ll be amazed at what is contained in these few verses, and I’m pretty sure that together we’ll be ready to pass our next test.
- Why should we give thanks unto the Lord? Because He is good and His mercy endures forever. vs. 1
- Who is this Psalm about? Those whom God has redeemed from the hand of the enemy. vs 2
- What did He do? He gathered them from everywhere. vs 3
- What did they do? They wandered in the wilderness. They found no place to live. They were hungry and thirsty. vs. 4, 5
- What did they do next? They cried unto the Lord in their trouble. vs. 6
- What did He do? He delivered them out of their distresses and gave them new direction. vs. 6, 7
- What should men do? Praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works. vs. 8
- What does He do? He satisfies the longing soul with goodness. vs. 9
- Who does He satisfy with goodness? Those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Those bound in affliction and iron. vs. 10
- Why are they bound and in darkness? Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of God. vs. 11
- What happened next? They fell down and were helpless. vs. 12
- What did they do next? They cried unto the Lord in their trouble. vs. 13
- What did He do? He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death. He broke their bands in sunder. vs. 13, 14
- Why are “fools” afflicted? Because of their transgression and their iniquities. vs. 17
- What should men do when they are in trouble? Cry unto the Lord. vs. 19
- What will He do? He will save them out of their distresses. vs. 19
- What else did He do for them? He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. vs. 20
Because of His marvelous redemption, we have but one recourse: to praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works, and to sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing. How could we do anything less? vs 21, 22.
And your essay question is this:
How many times will God deliver those who cry out to Him? Give examples from your own life.
I am so in awe of His mercy to all of us who have sinned against Him over the ages. He is ever ready to deliver us when we cry out to Him.
Indeed, let us praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.