New International Reader's Version

Psalm 107

BOOK V

Psalms 107–150

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
    His faithful love continues forever.
Let those who have been set free by the Lord tell their story.
    He set them free from the power of the enemy.
He brought them back from other lands.
    He brought them back from east and west, from north and south.

Some of them wandered in deserts that were dry and empty.
    They couldn’t find a city where they could make their homes.
They were hungry and thirsty.
    Their lives were slipping away.
Then they cried out to the Lord because of their problems.
    And he saved them from their troubles.
He led them straight
    to a city where they could make their homes.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love.
    Let them give thanks for the wonderful things he does for people.
He gives those who are thirsty all the water they want.
    He gives those who are hungry all the good food they can eat.

10 Others lived in the deepest darkness.
    They suffered as prisoners in iron chains.
11 That’s because they hadn’t obeyed the commands of God.
    They had refused to follow the plans of the Most High God.
12 So he made them do work that was hard and bitter.
    They tripped and fell, and there was no one to help them.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord because of their problems.
    And he saved them from their troubles.
14 He brought them out of the deepest darkness.
    He broke their chains off.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love.
    Let them give thanks for the wonderful things he does for people.
16 He breaks down gates that are made of bronze.
    He cuts through bars that are made of iron.

17 Others were foolish. They suffered because of their sins.
    They suffered because they wouldn’t obey the Lord.
18 They refused to eat anything.
    They came close to passing through the gates of death.
19 Then they cried out to the Lord because of their problems.
    And he saved them from their troubles.
20 He gave his command and healed them.
    He saved them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love.
    Let them give thanks for the wonderful things he does for people.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings.
    Let them talk about what he has done as they sing with joy.

23 Some people sailed out on the ocean in ships.
    They traded goods on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord.
    They saw the wonderful deeds he did on the ocean.
25 He spoke and stirred up a storm.
    It lifted the waves high.
26 They rose up to the heavens. Then they went down deep into the ocean.
    In that kind of danger the people’s boldness melted away.
27 They were unsteady like people who have become drunk.
    They didn’t know what to do.
28 Then they cried out to the Lord because of their problems.
    And he brought them out of their troubles.
29 He made the storm as quiet as a whisper.
    The waves of the ocean calmed down.
30 The people were glad when the ocean became calm.
    Then he guided them to the harbor they were looking for.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love.
    Let them give thanks for the wonderful things he does for people.
32 Let them honor him among his people who gather for worship.
    Let them praise him in the meeting of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert.
    He turned flowing springs into thirsty ground.
34 He turned land that produced crops into a salty land where nothing could grow.
    He did it because the people who lived there were evil.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water.
    He turned the dry and cracked ground into flowing springs.
36 He brought hungry people there to live.
    They built a city where they could make their homes.
37 They planted fields and vineyards
    that produced large crops.
38 He blessed the people, and they greatly increased their numbers.
    He kept their herds from getting smaller.

39 Then the number of God’s people got smaller.
    They were made humble by trouble, suffering and sorrow.
40 The God who looks down on proud nobles
    made them wander in a desert where no one lives.
41 But he lifted needy people out of their suffering.
    He made their families increase like flocks of sheep.
42 Honest people see it and are filled with joy.
    But no one who is evil has anything to say.

43 Let those who are wise pay attention to these things.
    Let them think about the loving deeds of the Lord.

The Message

Psalm 107

11-3 Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
    His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
    Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
    from the four winds, from the seven seas.

4-9 Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
    looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
    staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
    He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
    that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down parched throats;
    the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.

10-16 Some of you were locked in a dark cell,
    cruelly confined behind bars,
Punished for defying God’s Word,
    for turning your back on the High God’s counsel—
A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy,
    and not a soul in sight to help.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He led you out of your dark, dark cell,
    broke open the jail and led you out.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors,
    he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks!

17-22 Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life,
    your bodies feeling the effects of your sin;
You couldn’t stand the sight of food,
    so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He spoke the word that healed you,
    that pulled you back from the brink of death.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
    tell the world what he’s done—sing it out!

23-32 Some of you set sail in big ships;
    you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.
Out at sea you saw God in action,
    saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean:
With a word he called up the wind—
    an ocean storm, towering waves!
You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;
    your hearts were stuck in your throats.
You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,
    you didn’t know which end was up.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
    put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
    and he led you safely back to harbor.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
Lift high your praises when the people assemble,
    shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!

33-41 God turned rivers into wasteland,
    springs of water into sunbaked mud;
Luscious orchards became alkali flats
    because of the evil of the people who lived there.
Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water,
    arid earth into springs of water,
Brought in the hungry and settled them there;
    they moved in—what a great place to live!
They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards,
    they reaped a bountiful harvest.
He blessed them and they prospered greatly;
    their herds of cattle never decreased.
But abuse and evil and trouble declined
    as he heaped scorn on princes and sent them away.
He gave the poor a safe place to live,
    treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep.

42-43 Good people see this and are glad;
    bad people are speechless, stopped in their tracks.
If you are really wise, you’ll think this over—
    it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.