Psalms 107:8-9

8 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
9 He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.

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Psalms 107:8-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 107

This psalm, from its style, and from its connection with the preceding psalms, seems to have been written by David. The two foregoing psalms respect the children of Israel; this is generally thought to concern all mankind, and its view to assert a general providence which attends all, in whatsoever condition and circumstance; and to encourage men in their distresses to cry unto the Lord. According to Kimchi, Aben Ezra, and others, four sorts of persons are mentioned, travellers through a wilderness, prisoners, sick persons, and such who use the seas; to which some add a fifth, husbandmen; these are instanced in, not to the exclusion of others, but from them it may be concluded that whatsoever state or condition persons may be in, they are known and taken notice of by the Lord, and are relieved by him when they call upon him. Some restrain the whole to the Israelites, as the Targum, R. Obadiah, Arama, and others, where they make any application; and others apply the psalm to New Testament times; and indeed, though the literal sense should be attended unto and preserved, yet it seems to be applicable to spiritual persons and things. The title of it in the Syriac version is pretty remarkable,

``it is said concerning Joab and Abiah the sons of Samuel, who recited the commandments of the Lord. God gathered the Jews out of captivity, and brought them out from Babylon. Also the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, gathered the Gentiles from the four corners of the world, by preaching to baptism.''

Psalms 107:8-9 In-Context

6 Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time;
7 He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live.
8 So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
9 He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.
10 Some of you were locked in a dark cell, cruelly confined behind bars,
11 Punished for defying God's Word, for turning your back on the High God's counsel -