What a beautiful tribute to God! This Psalm tells how God delivers and rescues us no matter where we are. The writer recounts four separate situations where people needed God’s help, and how He delivered them.
“Some wanted in desert wastes … hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them … Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and in irons … Some were sick … they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death … Some went down to the sea in ships … their courage melted away in their calamity, they reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits end.”
Four different groups of people who were desperate. Some of them were even at least partly responsible for the mess they were in. But in each case the psalm says, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” And each one was delivered in ways that met their particular need. For those in desert wastes, “He led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.” For the prisoners in bondage, “He brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder.” To those were sick, “He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.” And finally, for those overwhelmed by the storm at sea, “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”
God is a God who rescues — from evil, from calamity, and even from ourselves!
“Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord” (v.43).