He Makes the Storm a Calm
A Sermon on Psalms 107:23-32
Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD,
his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits' end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders. (ESV)
It is not hard to see that man is in a state of suffering and evil. Everyone will experience death, sickness, and suffering at one point in their life. But why is this? Many people do not even ask this question because they claim that humanity will inevitably progress until all evils have been done away with. They claim that man is the master of his own destiny. But the Bible presents a very different picture of the world than the triumphalist. In this sermon on Psalm 107:23-32, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that Scripture teaches us that man is fundamentally sick and weak. He is in dire need of salvation. No one is master of their own destiny, but they are all subject to what happens in the world. When the Gospel comes, it does not make man the center of the world, but it restores man to his rightful place as a creature of God! The Gospel brings true and lasting peace for all that believe. This sermon calls each and every one of us to flee from sin and to come to God in repentance and humility to be saved. This sermon brings the vital message that we are all in need of salvation, and that Jesus is this Savior.
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.