15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! 16 For He has broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two. 17 Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:15-20)
This section parallels the previous situation in terms of souls who are surrounded by adversity and distress. Again, God’s children are disobedient and are distressed and are afflicted. We see the depth of the despair and the urgency of the situation in that those needing deliverance here are at the gates of death.
In Christ Jesus, we can have confidence and assurance in death. We should not be afraid of death as it has lost its sting (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). The image we should have is of a door. It was taught to me that both our birth and our death are doors we have to go through. We are born through our mother’s womb and we all must one day die in the flesh as the spirit departs and returns to the Father. That is a door we have to go through. But in Christ…when that door opens for us, Jesus will be standing on the other side and He will be welcoming us Home. What a relief and what a source of peace.
Conversely, finding ourselves in a state of rebellion and outside the comfort and security of Jesus, it is no wonder we find distress and fear of death…whether it be afar off or right before us. Again, our comfort is one word away…if we cry out to our LORD in trouble He will save us…through the power of His word and its healing power. God, through His word, will deliver us. This is a fact and one documented in God’s inspired word over and over again.
I would say it is probable we will find ourselves in this distressing situation at one point or another…maybe multiple times. I can say with absolute confidence that we do not need to stay there because our God will save us.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! …and He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.