Morning devotion: Read Psalm 107

Psalms 107:10  Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; 11  Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: 12  Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. 13  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. 14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 16  For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

This portion of Psalm 107 is a descriptive account of the destitute soul chained in sin.  Imprisoned in his own demise.  Caught like a rat in a trap.  Then comes the wonderful word of God and he is rescued, lifted up, released and set free. 

Like a pardon before the execution, like a piece of evidence before sentence.  

Psalms 107:10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;  14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.  16  For  he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

Contrast the Christian:

Isaiah 9:2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Matthew 4:16  The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

That Light is Jesus. John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

VS:11  Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

The unsaved, unregenerate Man, has a condition that requires him to rebel against God.  It is called – Pride.  Proverbs 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11:2  When pride cometh, then cometh shame:

Proverbs 18:12  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,

Psalms 10:4  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts

This condition of pride, requires a person to find fault where fault is no found. If God is a loving God why does all this sin happen? If God allows sin He must allow for my sin.

What sin can you find in God? There is no sin with God. The only unrighteousness with God is the unrighteousness that was placed upon Him at calvary.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Instead of sin we find – Daniel 9:9  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;

VS:13  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

When we are in trouble, when we are destitute, when we are at our whit’s end, we then turn to God.  Our sin has become our turmoil.  Our sin has become our undoing. Why not turn to the LORD now?

Psalms 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

Psalms 107:16  For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

Isaiah 61:1  ¶The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Don’t let sin have dominion over you. Don’t be bound by iniquity. Let the Lord Jesus save you and release you from the shackles and give you freedom.

Psalms 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook