Psalm 107 is a variety of reasons for giving God thanks for actions bringing relief to those in dire straits. Those hungering and thirsting find food and drink. The imprisoned find liberation. Sinful fools find healing and forgiveness. All should give thanks to the Lord for his wonderful deeds!
Our selection focuses on one other group, mariners at sea in a fierce storm. As experienced seamen as they may be, they're "at their wit's end" with the doozy of a storm that God cooks up. They cry out for deliverance and God responds by stilling the storm, and then guiding them to safe harbor.
The storm on the water draws some parallel from Jonah's experience when his shipmates demand that he cry out to his god for salvation. Of course, Jonah has some issues with his God.
In Mark's account, Jesus and his disciples get slammed by a squall in crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is asleep in the stern, oblivious to the storm (Again, see Jonah who also was sound asleep in the storm.)
You know how this is going to work out, right? But why do the disciples fear Jesus?
And still unanswered is: why does God bring these storms into our lives?
Learn more in the sermon video below, and from the downloads below the video panel.