The second group that Psalm 107 describes crying out to the LORD are those who are in prison; in the chains of sinful bondage. These are not people who have been captured, but rather have willingly rebelled against God’s word (107:11) and are in the bondage of sinful addictions. There is nothing they can do to escape. “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” 107:13.
This group are like so many who have been deceived into thinking that God’s word does not apply to them, to their situation, or that there is always a better way than God’s way. The result of believing that lie ends them up in bondage, in prison, in the chains of sin. But when they cry out to God, He hears and brings them out into the light, breaking their chains, opening prison doors, setting the captives free! Hallelujah! They are instructed to give thanks to the LORD for His steadfast (relationship) love.
God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path. We will never be led into sin when we follow God’s word. His word reveals His ways. His word teaches His ways. His word gives us faith (Romans 10:17). The question is this, Are we willing to receive His word? Do we sit still long enough to hear His word to us each day? When you cry out to the Lord in bondage, listen by looking for the light from His Word. God will set you free.
Next week; Regaining your appetite for God’s Word