Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.THE DEUTERONOMY SECTION: BOOK FIVE: Psalm 107-150
The final section of the book of Psalms, the fifth, is just like Deuteronomy. It shows God’s ways with Israel, the end of these ways in deliverance not only for His people, but for their land, for the nations of the earth, for all creation. The book ends with the Hallelujah Chorus of redemption.
Psalm 107 Psalm 108
Psalm 107 Israel’s Deliverances
1. The wanderers regathered (Psalm 107:1-9)
2. The prisoners released (Psalm 107:10-16)
3. The fools healed (Psalm 107:17-22)
4. Brought to the haven of rest (Psalm 107:23-32)
5. The praise of His ways (Psalm 107:33-43)
In the book of Deuteronomy, in Moses’ great prophecies, we read of the scattering of the nation, the lot which should befall them as a disobedient people, becoming wanderers among the nations. But we read also of the promised regathering and the promises of restoration (Deuteronomy 30:1-20). How harmonious it is to find the first Psalm of the Deuteronomy section celebrating this promised regathering and restoration! Again we see the divine power which guided the hand of the instrument who arranged these Psalms. And they thank and praise Him for this accomplished salvation. As wanderers amongst the nations they suffered and yet perished not as the peculiar nation; but now they are brought back to the city of habitation, to their own land. They had rebelled against the words of God and sat as prisoners in darkness and shadow of death; but now they are released and He brought them out of the darkness, out of judicial blindness, out of national and spiritual death, into life and light. They were fools on account of their transgressions; but now His Word has healed them. They were the storm tossed nation upon the restless waves of the sea, the emblems of the nations of the world; but now the storm is passed, the sea of nations is calm and He has brought them into the desired haven. For all this they praise Him. They are now “Israel His glory” through whom and in whom He has glorified Himself.