Psalms 107

1Praise the Lord for he is good! His love is forever! 2That is what every person that the Lord has saved should say. The Lord saved them from their enemy. 3The Lord gathered his people together from many different countries. He brought them from east and west, north and south. 4Some of them wandered in the dry desert. They were looking for a place to live, but they could not find a city. 5They were hungry and thirsty and growing weak. 6Then they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 7God led those people straight to the city where they would live. 8Thank the Lord for his love, and for the amazing things he does for people. 9God satisfies the thirsty soul. God fills the hungry soul with good things. 10Some of God’s people were prisoners, locked behind bars in dark, dark prisons. 11Why? Because those people fought against the things God said. They refused to listen to the advice from God Most-High. 12God made life hard for those people because of the things they did. They stumbled and fell, and there was no person to help them. 13Those people were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 14God took them out of their dark prisons. God broke the ropes they were tied with. 15Thank the Lord for his love. and for the amazing things he does for people. 16˻God helps us defeat our enemies.˼ God can break down their bronze gates. God can shatter the iron bars on their gates. 17Some people let their sins and guilt change them into foolish people. 18Those people refused to eat, and they almost died. 19They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 20God gave the command and healed them. So those people were saved from the grave. 21Thank the Lord for his love and for the amazing things he does for people. 22Offer sacrifices to the Lord to thank him for all he did. Gladly tell what the Lord has done. 23Some people sailed in boats across the sea. Their job carried them across the great sea. 24Those people saw what the Lord can do. They saw the amazing things he did at sea. 25God gave the command, and a strong wind began to blow. The waves became higher and higher. 26The waves lifted them high in the sky and dropped them into the deep sea. The storm was so dangerous the men lost their courage. 27They were stumbling and falling like drunk men. Their skill as sailors was useless. 28They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 29God stopped the storm. He calmed the waves. 30The sailors were happy that the sea was calm. And God led them safely to the place they wanted to go. 31Thank the Lord for his love, and for the amazing things he does for people. 32Praise God in the great assembly. Praise him when the older leaders meet together. 33God changed rivers into a desert. God stopped springs from flowing. 34God changed the fertile land and it became worthless salty land. Why? Because of the bad people who were living in that place. 35God changed the desert and it became a land with pools of water. God caused springs of water to flow from dry ground. 36God led hungry people to that good land. And they built a city to live in. 37Those people planted seeds in their fields. They planted grapes in the field. And they had a good harvest. 38God blessed those people. Their families grew. They had many, many animals. 39Because of disaster and troubles, their families were small and weak. 40God shamed and embarrassed their leaders. God let them wander through the desert where there are no roads. 41But then God rescued those poor people from their misery. And now their families are large, like flocks of sheep. 42Good people see this, and they are happy. But wicked people see this, and they don’t know what to say. 43If a person is wise, he will remember these things. Then he will begin to understand what God’s love really is.

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