10Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
13Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
Psalm 107, verses 10 through 13, describe our true state before a holy and righteous God. People may say, "I did not even believe there was a God, so I certainly did not go against His counsel." However, truthfully, those who reject even the idea of there being a God are actually rejecting His counsel, for God has revealed Himself to us in many ways, not the least of which is in nature which surrounds us.
There is no hope, apart from God. There is no hope for the salvation of our family and friends apart from God. We may think we can be ever so persuasive, but is it God who saves. Even coming to the point of making a decision to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, requires an act of God. Apart from God the gates of brass will bind us forever.
However, while there is life, there is hope. The afflicted ones in Psalm 107 cried unto the LORD in their trouble and He heard their cry. Reaching down into the depths of darkness, He broke the gates of brass and brought them into the light. Apart from God, there is no hope; with God no gates are strong enough, or chains tight enough to keep us away from Him.
The psalmist then ends with the familiar words,
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
This is what God has done for us. Whether we understood it or not, until we came to Christ, we were bound with chains, and sealed by a brass door, and there we would have remained forever. But the only evidence which remains are the broken gates of brass, and the severed chains of iron, shattered by God our Father.
So, let us take a few minutes to thank and praise our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who paid the debt of our sins and has broken the gates of brass which held us captive!
God Bless You,