4 Reasons to Give Thanks According to Psalm 107

4 Reasons to Give Thanks According to Psalm 107

Want to add more meaning to your gratitude practice this Thanksgiving? Psalm 107 provides a robust perspective on the subject:

The psalm outlines 4 groups of people who saw the Lord’s faithfulness.

Can you identify with any of these scenarios:

The Lost

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. (vs. 4-5)

Why this is us:

Written about the Israelites wandering in the desert, this section also applies to a Christian’s life before accepting Christ. “I wandered so aimless, a life filled with sin” as the hymn says. Before Christ, we all searched for satisfaction, hungered for meaning, and thirsted in a way that was never quenched. We need a Rescuer.

The Depressed

Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery. (v. 10)

Why this is us:

I blame the time-change far too often for feelings of depression and lethargy. In reality, human beings have an impressive propensity to sink low emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. The chains of our darkness are real because we are all sinners.  We need a Chain-Breaker.

The Rebels

Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. (v. 17)

Why this is us:

Sin is embedded in our human nature. Rebellion against God makes fools of us all, from Adam and Eve down to you and I. And we suffer deep rooted consequences because of it. We need a Healer.

The Stressed-Out

Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world…  Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. (vs. 23, 26-27)

Why this is us:

Anyone else feel like you are white-knuckle clinging to the side of the ship called life? We grasp for control to calm the chaos. We reel with exhaustion at the wild ride. Storm piles on top of storm with health scares and frustrating jobs and houses that fall apart. We grow weary and lose motivation to sail on. We need a Storm-Stiller.

He Saved Them from Their Distress

Thankfully, All 4 circumstances repeat these refrains:

“’Lord, help!’ they cried in their trouble,
    and he rescued them from their distress.” (vs. 6, 13, 19, 28)

and

“Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them.” (vs. 8, 15, 21, 31)

No matter what trouble we have face, every time we cry out, “Lord help!”, He is faithful to rescue us!

The only response to such mercy is a new kind of gratitude:

A gratitude that breaks through the comfort zone of gossip at the lunch table:

Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
    and sing joyfully about his glorious acts. (v. 22)

A gratitude that invites others to join the song of thanksgiving.

Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation
    and before the leaders of the nation. (v. 32)

A gratitude that cannot keep quiet:

Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
    Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. (v. 2)

Let us raise our praise along with the Psalmist and tell God and others of the wonderful things He has done for us.

In case you haven’t yet, now is a great time to open your Bible and read Psalm 107. Then make a plan for how to publicly thank God for rescuing you from your own troubles or lostness. (Click here for a few ideas!)

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2019-11-26T05:47:05+00:00

About the Author:

“We write to taste life twice…”- Anais Nin. I believe in the power of clearly communicated truth. I write and speak to rediscover my own relationship with Jesus and to spark a bit of enthusiasm in others for their own journey with Jesus. Thanks for dropping by and picking up some renewed excitement for yourself!

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