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The Trap of My Own Making
Psalms 107:1-43
Of course God will help you when you're in need, but will he help those who won't help themselves?
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Published March 11th, 2016
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Psalms 107:17-22
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ἀντελάβετο αὐτῶν ἐξ ὁδοῦ ἀνομίας αὐτῶν
διὰ γὰρ τὰς ἀνομίας αὐτῶν ἐταπεινώθησαν
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πᾶν βρῶμα ἐβδελύξατο ἡ ψυχὴ αὐτῶν
καὶ ἤγγισαν ἕως τῶν πυλῶν τοῦ θανάτου
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καὶ ἐκέκραξαν πρὸς κύριον ἐν τῷ θλίβεσθαι αὐτούς
καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἀναγκῶν αὐτῶν ἔσωσεν αὐτούς
ἀπέστειλεν τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ
καὶ ἰάσατο αὐτοὺς
καὶ ἐρρύσατο αὐτοὺς ἐκ τῶν διαφθορῶν αὐτῶν
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ἐξομολογησάσθωσαν τῷ κυρίῳ τὰ ἐλέη αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ θαυμάσια αὐτοῦ τοῖς υἱοῖς τῶν ἀνθρώπων
καὶ θυσάτωσαν θυσίαν αἰνέσεως
καὶ ἐξαγγειλάτωσαν τὰ ἔργα αὐτοῦ ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει
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This explains the background of why he needed to come.
This could be the action-result but I think the Author just wants us to see the hightening of the pain and suffering
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Psalms 106:17-22
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In this Psalm, the poet starts with a call to praise. He says that God has redeemed people from all over the place, symbolized by the "North, South, East and West." These are the people who should rise up and praise. Then the poet launches into four stanzas, which are all stories of the different situations where God shows up to save the ones who are in need. I have concentrated on the third stanza which tells of a people who have thrown themselves into a trap of their own making. We all know that God is sovereign and that we will lead us through trials with love, but what will he do when I throw myself into a trial. God will save the one whose enemies encompass him, but will he save the one whose enemy is himself and who are running away from God? Side note: Sorry for the Diagrams and "argument tracing". I know that looking at poetry through the lenses of diagrams and charts is like trying to enjoy the beauty of a flower by reading an encyclopedia- it just don't work that way. That note aside, shall we take a glance at some of the imagery? This lawless bunch is on a road which they choose. This road led to their humiliation and shame, so much so that they couldn't eat and they felt as if they were at the gates of death. I know in my own life the power of shame that makes all food repulsive. For those whose heart is filled with shame, it seems like the only food they can stomach is their own tears. Furthermore, they have wondered right to the brink( ἕως ) of the cold embrace of death. They brought themselves to this gate. What does it take to be saved? They called and God took care of the rest, so let the redeemed of the Lord praise him. In the previous stanza, the people were in bondage due to their rebellion. They were already in the city of death, for they were enemies of God. They were behind the doors of bronze, and held back by the bars of iron(vrs 11, 16). Some people are active enemies of God who fight for the cause of death, and some people are trudging through the sludge of their shame, slowly and silently scuttering to satan's sanguine door. But God can save them both.
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The Whole Psalm
107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. 10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, 11 for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. 15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 16 For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron. 17 Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; 18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. 21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! 23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 29 He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. 31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. 33 He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, 34 a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. 35 He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. 36 And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; 37 they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. 38 By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish. 39 When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow, 40 he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; 41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks. 42 The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth. 43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.
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