“Give thanks to the Lord , for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He has redeemed them from the hand of the foe and has gathered them from the lands — from the east and the west, from the north and the south. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He rescued them from their distress. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for all humanity. Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things and consider the Lord ’s acts of faithful love.”
Psalms 107:1-3, 6, 8-8, 43
Psalm 107 is credited to King David for authorship and is one of my personal favorite psalms. Its very cleverly written song containing sections that are “call and response” (where the worship leader sings a scripted “call” and the congregation sings back a scripted “response”) as well as what we call “strophic” song form, where a series proclaiming verses or statements are followed by a repeated chorus.
The leader would sing: “Give thanks to the Lord , for He is good;” to which the worshippers would answer, “His faithful love endures forever.”
David then encourages the redeemed to “speak- up” or “sing-out” about how God has rescued them from whoever or whatever their foes were, and how God is calling all of His people to follow Him from every corner of the earth.
David then tells his story in strophic song form.
Vss 4 & 5 tell of desert wonderers who were homeless, hungry and thirsty. A chorus common to all of David’s verses is the congregation’s response, “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble: He rescued them from their distress”. David next tells of how God led them to a city they could live in.
The congregation responds with the chorus: “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for all humanity.”
On the song goes, each time the leader telling the story of people in desperate situations, some of no fault of their own, others totally as a consequence of their own bad choices and behavior. But in EVERY case, they CRIED out to God and He RESCUED them!
The Psalm ends with, “Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things and consider the Lord ’s acts of faithful love.”
The point of the song? God’s love is extravagant, faithful and unwavering and He cares about us, no matter what situation we find ourselves in or how we got there. If we’re willing to acknowlege our need for Him and ask for His help, He’s willing, able and even delighted to rescue us! He’s a loving Father, Who has paid the price for our sins with the very blood of Jesus, His only Son, on the cross. All we have to do is admitt we need Him and ask Him for help!
What’s holding you in what you’re facing today? Please tell me its not you, cause He’s already made a remedy for you . . . Call on Him to help you today! His promise? “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Think about it!