The psalmist gives four examples of people who cried out to God and were saved. He then explains that God punishes the haughty and helps the humble.
God saved a group of prisoners: “He brought them out of deepest darkness, broke their bonds asunder… He shattered gates of bronze, He broke their iron bars.” (vv. 14, 16)
III. Select Verses
1-3: “’Praise the LORD, for He is good; His steadfast love is eternal!’ Thus let the redeemed of the LORD say, those He redeemed from adversity, whom He gathered in from the lands, from east and west, from the north and from the sea.
23-32: Others go down to the sea in ships, ply their trade in the mighty waters; they have seen the works of the LORD and His wonders in the deep. By His word He raised a storm wind that made the waves surge. Mounting up to the heaven, plunging down to the depths, disgorging in their misery, they reeled and staggered like a drunken man, all their skill to no avail. In their adversity they cried to the LORD, and He saved them from their troubles. He reduced the storm to a whisper; the waves were stilled. They rejoiced when all was quiet, and He brought them to the port they desired. Let them praise the LORD for His steadfast love, His wondrous deeds for mankind. Let them exalt Him in the congregation of the people, acclaim Him in the assembly of the elders.
33-36: He turns the rivers into a wilderness, springs of water into thirsty land, fruitful land into a salt marsh, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. He turns the wilderness into pools, parched land into springs of water. There He settles the hungry; they build a place to settle in.
43: The wise man will take note of these things; he will consider the steadfast love of the LORD.
4-9. Rationale #1, Refrain
10-14. Rationale #2, Refrain
17-22. Rationale #3, Refrain
23-32. Rationale #4, Refrain
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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