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Prisoners of Sin

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Old Testament

A Sermon on Psalms 107:10-16

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron. (ESV)

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God and God alone is to be praised. Salvation is found only in God. Follow along as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the God of Psalm 107:10-16 – a God who delivers every type of man, a God worthy of all the praise of man. This Psalm is a great picture of both sin and salvation. Sin can take many forms, but is still sin. This is the common root to all the varied problems and ills of mankind. Learn that while there are many symptoms, there is just one essential disease. Be warned of the devil's subtlety in working, along with the ignorance and arrogance of sin. A common idea is that religion is what makes men slaves, and to become a humanist is to liberate yourself, but this is far from the truth. Sin is what binds. This picture of a prison is a message of sin and its consequences. What is sin? It is rebellion against God and against God's words–sinners are the rebels. "The life of sin is a hard life." Complications arise in the life of sin, not a freedom unto sin. First, you chose sin, then in your persistence, you become victim to it. Be delivered from this power of sin today!


Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 107:10-16, New American Standard Bible

10There were those who lived in darkness and in the shadow of death,

Prisoners in misery and chains,

11Because they had rebelled against the words of God

And rejected the plan of the Most High.

12Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;

They stumbled and there was no one to help.

13Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;

He saved them from their distresses.

14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death

And broke their bands apart.

15They shall give thanks to the Lord for His mercy,

And for His wonders to the sons of mankind!

16For He has shattered gates of bronze

And cut off bars of iron.

Psalms 107:10-16, King James Version

10Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

13Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.