Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
REDEMPTION. †Release from bondage, usually by means of a price paid, though in some instances biblical usage focuses on the aspect of liberation alone.
BOOK FIVE (107–150)
Psalm 107 Gathered from around the globe. The psalmist called on the redeemed to acknowledge their Redeemer (107:1–3). He told four stories of lostness and redemption, beginning at 107:4, 10, 17, and 23, each ending with the same plea: “Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them.” The stories seem to describe Israel’s history, with Israel sinning (107:11, 17) and God punishing them but then delivering them because of his love.
The psalm ends with another two images of desolation and redemption (107:33–38 and 107:39–43).
“He has gathered the exiles from many lands” (107:3) suggests that this psalm was composed after Israel’s return from exile, making it a fitting first psalm of this final book, which many believe was compiled after the exile (see Background). Israel’s regathering was, of course, only a dim foreshadowing of the great regathering the Messiah will bring about in the last days (see Matt. 24:31).
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses