Breaking Chains


Reading the psalms, we can find every human emotion. We can find David and others crying out to God, praising God, giving thanks to God. Reading the psalms, we can actually be formed in the worship of God.
The actual definition of the word psalm is “a sacred song or hymn.” The book of psalms is really the bibles hymnal. That’s how important worship is to God – the longest book in His book is dedicated completely to just that.


Unfortunately, we really miss out on this because we are left with weak translations. I say weak because there is no way to preserve the musical quality of the writing through translation. We lose the rhymes, rhythms, the play on words.
Here is a psalm though, where I can almost feel the build. I can definitely feel the worship. The title of this psalm in the ESV “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” It’s all about praise and the power of God, this is just the first 15 verses.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. No matter how far away we wander, God is right there. He doesn’t scatter to the north, south, the east of the west – we do. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, he has called us out of our trouble, out of our wanderings. Whether we were wandering, or if we are wandering, He is right there waiting, calling us to His redemption if only we would say “yes”.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. The Israelites are going through struggles during this time, the writer compares their current struggles to their ancestors wandering in the wilderness. The same way we use our bibles to compare the things we go through with the struggles of those who went before, he uses his bible.


They wandered in the wilderness, finding no way to a city. When you are in a desert, when you are in a harsh climate in the ancient world, cities are a source of life. They offered protection, economic activity, and were a source of food and water in a barren world.
The Israelites under Moses wandered on a two-week trip for forty years in that wilderness, mostly because of their own stubbornness. Many of us, myself included, wander for our own forty years in the wilderness before we finally run for cover and sustenance in that city. We would rather starve and burn in the desert than humble ourselves by accepting the nourishment offered by Jesus – “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”” John‬ ‭4:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Eventually, we will get to the point when we will cry out. When we are ready to give up our stubbornness, all of a sudden a two-week trip will take two weeks. Our path will be corrected, we will actually be on a road to somewhere, not wandering nowhere. He will lead us to that city on a hill…
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. So many times, people come in from the wilderness, get relief from addictions, get restored in life. Then they begin to actually wish they were back out in that wilderness. They forget where their salvation came from. They want to leave the cover, protection and water provided in the city. They get back on that straight way, straight back to where they came from, lost and wandering again.

They forget to thank God everyday for His love.


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. Who are you thinking about right now? Who do you know that’s in chains, in afflictions, in irons. Who is stuck in an addiction they can’t beat? Who us so angry at the world for what somebody did to them? Who is sick from that pill of resentment, doubly ticked off because the person they are angry with is off living their lives, not even caring about their grudge? Who do you know that’s stuck in the shame of something in their past? Something they did. Something that was done to them? Everybody knows somebody stuck in bondage to something that hurts, some addiction, or something in their past they just can’t get over.

Is the person you’re thinking about, you?
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


Pray for them to cry out to Jesus. If it’s you that’s hurting, cry out to Jesus! Because there is power in the name of Jesus. Only He can break every chain, break every chain, BREAK EVERY CHAIN!!

And never forget this verse, which appears twice here – Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. 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!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭107:1-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/psa.107.1-15.esv

John Lewis

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