When I'm trying to get a point across I tend to repeat myself because I want to make sure that people understand what I am saying. God does the same thing in His Word. Have you ever noticed that sometimes words or phrases are repeated within a passage of scripture? I think it's because God is trying to make His point clear.
Psalm 107 mentions four instances of people in distress and each time this phrase is repeated – “they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”
The first instance is found in verse 4. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. These people are lost, hungry, thirsty, and exhausted, originally referring to the Israelites in exile, but it applies to anyone who has not found the satisfaction that comes from knowing God.
The second instance is found in verse 10. Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains. Whether these people are in prison as punishment for their crimes, imprisoned for their faith, or victims of injustice, God wants to reach them with His love.
The third instance is found in verse 17. Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. While it seems that these people have brought trouble upon themselves, God still offers them hope. They can receive God's free gift of forgiveness and begin a new life.
The final instance is found in verse 23. Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. This refers, not only, to those who make a living on the sea, but also those buffeted by the seas of life. Those people who feel like they are at the end of their rope can also receive help from the Lord.
These groups represent people that God is able to save. The good news is that every single one of us fits into at least one of these categories, so that means that Jesus is able to save every single one of us. All we have to do is cry out to Him.
Jesus thinks YOU are someone worth dying for.