By Daniel Zamora
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.”
Everyday there is at least one news portraying people who live in darkness, depression, prison, chains, bitter labor, helpless, trouble and distress. Although these terrible conditions sound like far away, many may experience some in different degrees when lack of health, partial or full loss of income, loss of a loved, an accident, or an unexpected event thwarts the plans for our families, church and communities.
These are exactly the situations described in verses 10 through 13 in Psalm 107. However, if we pay close attention, these things are described as of the past, not of the future. The psalm writer invites us to give thanks to the Lord because God has delivered, saved and freed us from all of them.
Jesus himself was subject to all kind of sufferings while he ministered on Earth. During the weeks preceding his death, he lost a close friend and was blamed for it. A few days later, he was betrayed by one of his students, then arrested, judged unjustly, spit in face, struck with fists, slapped, mocked, and crucified. Because of all of that, “he brought them [us] out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their [our] chains. Let them [us] give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron” Psalm 107: 15-16
The Lord is our past, present and future help.