Coming Out of Darkness and Breaking Away Chains

I started off this morning pursuing the notion of thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God for what He has done and will do for the believer. I turned to the Word to find text where thanksgiving or giving thanks was explicitly written. My search lead me to  Psalm 107, Psalm 118Psalm 136. I got stuck in  Psalm 107 as I read the text. While a derivative of thankfulness, what captured my mind was the process of Coming Out of Darkness and Breaking Away Chains.

Unfortunately, fortune brings about pride. Pride brings about disobedience. Disobedience brings God’s discipline.  Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Because God loves His people, God has committed Himself to correct us through humbling us when we allow pride to rule our hearts and minds, the place reserved for Him.  As we survey Psalm 107, we see that dynamic unfold as the psalmist gives thanks to God for His faithfulness in coming to get the believer who lost his way.

Psalm 107

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands
and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.

It is clear from the text that we enter darkness and chains as we rebel against God’s commands. This should give us another perspective on being obedient. When we disobey God, we creep into darkness and chains. The darkness represents how disobedience obscures God’s Word. Obscurity causes God’s direction to cease to be clear or hard to see. The iron chains reflect the strength of that which used to bind. It also shows how disobedience keeps us bound to darkness. When we are away from God, the source of light, there is only darkness.

Notice the text says “So he subjected them “. God will take action against those who are disobedient especially those who claim to belong to Him. God will discipline us to humble us, to draw us back to Him, to clear our vision and wipe away the obscurity that results from our disobedience. While not always the case, we must look at our obedience when it comes to a difficult situation in which we face. For those whom God wrote about in the text, it was because of their disobedience.

How can we be a people who are Coming Out of Darkness and Breaking Away Chains? Once more, I defer to the Word. The text says “13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.” The way to Coming Out of Darkness and Breaking Away Chains is to humble ourselves and return back to God. The crying out represents us acknowledging our dependence on God. God is motivated by our reliance and dependence on Him. Those elements typical move God to action. See a few situations where “they cried to the Lord“.

The entire point of our text for today is to convey that God delivers His imprisoned people to freedom. He does that by providing the map of Coming Out of Darkness and Breaking Away Chains. That fact is truly worth giving thanks. The text tells us “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind” Give thanks!


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