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Psalm 107 - Part 3

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Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
   and spurned the counsel of the Most High
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
   they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
   and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
  and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Psalm 107:10-16 (ESV)

In his book, The Problem of Pain, CS Lewis famously writes, “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

In Psalm 107, the Psalmist cites God’s use of pain to shout the good news of his redemption.  Only when his chosen people had nowhere else to turn would they “cry to the LORD in their trouble.”  

This is so often the case with us today.  It is in pain, hardship, and imprisonment that we look to God to save us.  In his grace and mercy He seeks to “shatter the doors of bronze and cut in two the bars of iron” that imprison us--and He kindly does so through pain.  



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