“Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
Psalm 107:1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 21-22, 31-32.
Psalm 107 gives 5 sets of “thanks” for 5 different situations.
Sets one and five are very general and for everyone. This means that all human beings, good and bad alike, need God’s grace and redemption. Verse 2 says to let God’s “redeemed” or rescued, speak up-in other words, let them join in this chant of thanksgiving!
Set 2, found in verses 8-9 speaks of people who are wonderers in the desert. They may have been homeless. They were for sure hungery and thirsty! They called out to God and He rescued them, so they’re told to give thanks to the God Who satisfies them with food and drink. Some of us are in a dry place in life and in need of God’s rescuing. Cry out to Him and He will save you!
Set 3 are people who were imprisioned because of their own rebellion. They had broken both God’s law and the law of the land, but when they called out to God, He rescued them, broke their chains and set them free! They are told to give thanks to God for this! Some of us are literally in prision, while others are inslaved to addictions, fears and other things that bind us.
Call out to God-He’ll rescue you and set you free!
Set 4 are people who are just having a hard time. These people simply got up one morning, went to work and almost lost their lives in a huge storm. They were sailors and the raging sea was about to sink their ship. Like the others, they cried out to God and He rescued them and they’re told to give thanks for that. Many of us are in the middle of a raging storm in life. Its not our fault-we didn’t cause it to happen, but we can’t stop it from happening. We, like them, should cry out to God! He rescued them and He’ll rescue us!
Set 5, again, is a summary of all people.
good and bad-we all need God. We’re ALL encouraged to cry out to Him! We’re also ALL told to GIVE THANKS, because, on some level, WE’RE ALL BLESSED! CRY OUT TO HIM TODAY AND GIVE THANKS TODAY! DO IT OUTLOUD! Think about it!