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The Ministry of Consolation.
"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." (Psa. 107: 2).
pp. 10 - 13
Standing at the head of the fifth book of the Psalms, this Psalm voices the theme of
that book which embraces Psalms 107:-150: Those who are called upon to "say so" are
those who are called the redeemed of the Lord, and who have been redeemed from the
hand of the enemy. The reference to the gathering of this redeemed people from the
lands of the east and west, north and south, clearly looks to that day when Israel's
dispersion shall be over and the ransomed of the Lord shall have returned to their rest and
their inheritance.
There is much in the Psalm, however, that applies to the redeemed of all
dispensations, and it is with the desire that the redeemed of the Lord may be encouraged
to "say so" that we draw attention to the experiences detailed in the body of the Psalm.
The necessity for redemption is brought before us in four tableaux, each leading on to the
extreme condition of the lost, and the gracious intervention when all hope in self had
Let us see the four pictures together, and observe their parallels and contrasts.
Psa. 107: 4-32.
FIRST PICUTRE.--Wanderers in wilderness (verses 4 and 5).
SECOND PICTURE.--Rebels against the word (verses 10-12).
THIRD PICTURE.--Fools because of transgression (verses 17 and 18).
FOURTH PICTURE.--Those that go down to the sea in ships (verses 23-27).
The first picture sums up mankind in the one word "lost". The "solitary" way of
verse 4 means a trackless, pathless desert. The Hebrew word occurs in the A.V. as the
proper noun Jeshimon in six passages (see Numb. 21: 20, etc.). There, no "city to dwell
in" is to be found. It is a picture of unrest and anxiety. Added to the bewilderment of the
trackless desert and the comfortless character of its uninhabitable dreariness is "hunger
and thirst". Their condition is summed up in the words, "their soul fainted in them".
Thirst is often used in a figurative sense in association with a felt need for the presence of
"O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh
longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is" (Psa. 63: 1). A Psalm of
David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
"I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul thirsteth after Thee, as a thirsty land"
(Psa. 143: 6).
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My
soul thirsteth after God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?"
(Psa. 42: 1, 2).