Psalm 107:10-16 NLT – Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery.  They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High.  That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them.  “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains.  Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.  For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron.
In this passage we see the people were in chains and then they cried out to God. Once they did this, He freed them. Let us look at the progression.
1. The people were in chains of misery. Why? Because they rebelled against God’s Word and counsel. (V11-12)
2. They cried out to God for help and HE saved them (v13)
3. HE led them from darkness and broke their chains (v14)
4. The people praised God for saving and releasing them (v15-16)
All true freedom starts with crying out to God. HE alone is the one who can truly set people free. In this life we can be bound up by so many things, but only God can truly free us.
Dear God, I feel like I am bound up in chains. Today I come to You and cry out. I ask that You will free me. Help me to listen to Your Word and Your counsel. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.