Faidley’s words make my palms sweat and heart beat faster. While admiring the raw courage and scientific hunger storm chasers display, I balk at throwing myself into the middle of potentially fatal weather events.
In my experience, however, I don’t have to chase storms in life—they seem to be chasing me. That experience is mirrored by Psalm 107 as it describes sailors trapped in a storm. They were being chased by the consequences of their wrong choices but the psalmist says, “They cried out to the
Whether the storms of life are of our own making or the result of living in a broken world, our Father is greater. When we are being chased by storms, He alone is able to calm them—or to calm the storm within us.
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The author of Psalm 107 is unknown. Many scholars believe it was written sometime after a remnant of Jews returned to Israel following their seventy-year exile in Babylon. The psalm features four types of people in distress and how God rescued them. They include those in the wilderness (vv. 4–9), people in captivity (vv. 10–16), those who are sick (vv. 17–22), and those in distress (vv. 23–32). In each section we find the refrain: “Then they cried out to the