“Then They Cried Unto The LORD”
“Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.” (Psalm 107:6)
“Then they cried”—Not before, not after, but in it. When they were in the midst of it—when trouble was wrapped round their head, as the weeds were wrapped round the head of Jonah—when they were surrounded by it, and could see no way out of it—when, like a person in a mist, they saw no way of escape before or behind—when nothing but a dark cloud of trouble surrounded their souls, and they did not know that ever that cloud would be dispersed—then it was that they cried.
But what makes them cry? It is this solemn feeling in their hearts—that they have no other refuge but God. The LORD brings all His people here—to have no other refuge but Himself. Friends, counselors, acquaintances—these may sympathize, but they cannot afford relief. There is—no refuge—nor shelter—nor harbour—nor home into which they can fly—except the LORD.
Thus troubles bring us to deal with God in a personal manner.
They chase away that half-hearted religion of which we have so much—and they drive out that ‘notional experience’ and ‘dry profession’ that we are so often satisfied with. They chase them away as a strong north wind chases away the mists—and they bring a man to this solemn spot—that he must have communications from God to support him under, and bring him out of his trouble.
If a man is not brought to this point by his troubles—they have done him no good. They have been like the clouds that have passed over the desert, and transmitted to it neither fertility nor fruitfulness—they have been like the rain that drops upon the pavement, and is evaporated by the sun, producing neither fruit nor flower. But the troubles that God sends into the hearts of His people are like the rain that falls upon the fertile soil—causing them to bring forth fruit, and every grace of the Spirit to deepen and fructify in their soul.