There are times, every one of us needs a hero, especially when we are in trouble. Sometimes, the world is not so rosy, and hard times challenging times happen like in the bible.
When I read Psalm 107, I saw a superhero. Someone brought prisoners out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. He then shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron to rescue them imprisoned prisoners. I am moved in my heart, and I want to know who that is. This is like a superhero movie like the bat man, spider man or something, and we all wanted to watch such movies. In all the movies, there is always a villain, and a hero to rescue us.
In this story, in Psalm 107, the prisoners are people like us. Whether Christians bound in sin struggle, or facing sickness hardship, or children in rebellion or in challenging life situation, or financial hardship, no matter what it is, we need some bar cutting and some bronze door shattering in some form and shape to differing degree to get us out of trouble! That’s what actually described in the book of Psalm 107,as below.
That superhero is God. Psalm 107
10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron.
The powerful defiant action described God broke through to save us as we cry out to him for help, is dramatic to say the least. It is truly one of a superheros, one that’s mighty, brave, courageous, defiant of authority, and full of power. It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit inspired the Psalmist to describe God in such manner in saving us from our trouble.
It speaks to us that saving us is no easy matter. How many of you know that the difficult sad thing in your life needs more than a human endeavor? We need a miracle from God. Some of us have been praying for years and have seen no change in whatsoever, some have seen some improvements, some have seen their prayers answered. We are all in different boats. So why? So where is our superhero?
God is our superhero.
That’s the comforting sense of the word. But He is not under any schedule, completely sovereign, and remember we are totally under the grace and mercy of our mighty God. This article talks about the depth, the reach that God will do, invade our space, invade the status quo, the political atmosphere, to achieve his purpose and will. No one will be able to stop him. No organization or political clout will be able to stop him. Bible uses doors of bronze, bars, to be shattered by him to illustrate the immerse strength he has, if he wants to. We know that God can do anything in the world, but this is a specific case of showing his power to undo the power of darkness. It will take the demonstration of God’s almighty power to deliver many people in the world, and yet that demonstration is just a miniature spectrum of what He can do. Essentially what’s described is nothing compared to what he can do.
Consider the crossing of the Red Sea by 3 million Jews. God took Egypt by storm.
Exodus 14: 4 “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.
See how much God is in control? He set it up and hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so Egypt will pursue Israel crossing the Red Sea, and then this happened:
Exodus 14: 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?
You know before we see the glory of God in shattering iron bars, and setting captives free, there is usually a time of testing, and for Israel this was it. They saw Pharaoh with the horses and chariots marching after them towards Red Sea, they were terrified and cried out to God. They even said ugly things, sarcastically scorning Moses about the better dying in Egypt. You see how ugly things can spew out of our mouths when we are under pressure and stress, hopefully Christians today will do better, because we are shaped by the Word of God, while they were not at that time, though they have seen the greatest miracles on earth and history!
Exodus 14 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
You know that’s why I am more excited to serve this God, the living God, more than being a CEO of a big corporate company, not that I have been, but the mere thought of comparison with them, I am so satisfied in writing even this article to exhort and encourage the people of God! My book project is coming next for the glory of God, and to achieve something for eternity! Not just hanging on to big bucks and comfort material, life that doesn’t last at all and brings a very transient joy and satisfaction and gratification.
God is not done with each of us. How and when he will break iron bars and shatter bronze doors to set us free, often from our own selves, or from some other invasion forces that have invaded our lives or family, I don’t know. All I know is I trust in Him, and we all should trust in Him and put all our hope ion him and wait upon the Lord.