23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Works in the Waters!
The writer of Psalm 107 continues His declaration of God in nature as he considers God's works in the waters of the sea. If you have ever had the opportunity to be on board a ship or boat which was so far from land that all one could see was water, you will have a better perspective of the intent of the writer of this Psalm.
No matter how large your boat or ship may be, you are quickly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the mighty seas, seas which can become angry and treacherous in the middle of a storm. Your ship is tossed about like a toy boat trying to stay afloat on the violent and choppy waves. One minute your boat mounts up to the heavens, and just as quickly is thrust down into the depths of the great wave as it reels about like a drunken man. No man can control a boat in such seas, but is left to ride out the storm.
Not so for God! One whisper from Him and the seas will become calm and placid, for the Lord controls even the great oceans and seas. In the book of Mark we read of a time when Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee.
35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
(Mark 4:35-41, King James Version)
Indeed, what manner of man was Christ? He was and is the eternal Son of God with all nature at His beck and call. How can men not see and understand from nature that God not only exists, but He is the ruler over all the earth, the skies, and the seas? How great is man's darkness when his eyes are blinded by Satan and the deceits of this world.
This is the God that we, as His children, love and worship. Though He rules all of creation, He cares about the smallest details in the lives of His children. We are enthralled with hero worship in this 21st century--let us then worship the true and only hero, God the Father, Maker of heaven and earth!
The Psalmist concludes this section with his familiar benediction:
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.Amen, and amen!
Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
God Bless You,