In Psalm 107:1, we realize that the theme is “to give thanks to God.” Why should we give thanks to God? Why is this important?
We should give thanks to God because “He is good! For His mercy endures forever (v. 1). What a good and merciful God we have! That is why we need to praise God every day. Verse 2 goes on to say, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! If you know God personally, we should tell Him thank you for all of our blessings, but do we?
Most of the time we are too busy! We tend to allow the cares of this world to over power us so that we ignore God and his blessings. We go through an entire day without stopping to give Him acknowledgement.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were generally disobedient. Yes, there was a remnant that stood by God and His ways, but in general the children of Israel would obey for a while and then fall into disobedience. Don’t we all do the same?
God, in Psalm 107, tells “let the redeemed of the Lord to say so,” to speak up and tell Him of His greatness (v. 2). We must all stop and acknowledge God everyday for what He does for us and who He is.
Many days, we are groping through our day spiritually hungry, thirsty, and our soul fainting for lack of spiritual nourishment. Because, we think we do not have time for God, adversity will slip in to cause to us reevaluate our priorities and acknowledge God. When we cry to Him, He will deliver us out of our distress and lead us in the right way (v.5-7).
God cries out five times in this Psalm, “Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (vv. 1, 8, 15, 21, and 31) If God says anything once, we should pay attention; If He cries out two times, we should take special notice; if He cries out three times, that should be noted with an emphasis; but if He cries out five times, it is extremely important! He is not in need of our praise, but WE are in need of His help!
All He wanted us to do was to take time for Him each day and cry out to Him, to give thanks. “He satisfies the longings of our soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness!” (v. 8-9) In Psalm 34:10 God shouts, “But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” So, seek the Lord and cry out to Him in praise every day.
Praise is what we need to give and the least we can give God. “Let us at all times, be thoroughly fervent in the praises of the Lord, both with our lips and with our lives, by thanksgiving and thanks-living. Jehovah is not to be worshipped with groans and cries, but with thanks for He is good; praise should be heartily rendered. He is good by nature, essence, and proven to be good in all His acts of His eternity. We are partakers of His goodness so we ought to magnify His name. His divine goodness is a tribute of mercy, it abides for ever the same. God has redeemed us by His blood.” (from the Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon)
Why should we praise God? There are six reasons, just in Psalm 107, as to why we need to praise Him:
1) God satisfies the longing of our soul with goodness (Ps. 107: 9). In Psalm 34:10, 15 says, “…those that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing…the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry…and He delivers then out of all their troubles.” Even though we have afflictions when we follow God, He delivers us out of all our troubles (v. 17-19, 22);
2) He saves us while in distresses (v. 13b, 28). “He saved them and brought them out of darkness, even the shadow of death…and broke their chains (v. 14). Satan is after the Christian to bind us up, if possible, in order to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). God’s eyes are on the ways of man and He sees his steps…for He hears the cry of the afflicted” (Job 34:21, 28b; 31:4; Psalm 56:13);
3) He healed and delivered them from destructions (v. 20; Psalm 30:2-3; 102:3). In Matthew 8:8, the centurion said he was not worthy of Jesus coming to his house, but all Jesus had to do is to speak a word and his servant would be healed. Oh, what faith;
4) He calms the storm (Ps. 107:29; 89:9). In Mark 4:37 Jesus calmed the raging sea by saying, “Peace be still!” He can and will calm our sea of life when it rages, even with His peace. He will bring peace even in the middle of the storm;
5) He guides them (v. 30b). In Psalm 25:9, God “guides the humble in justice, and teaches them His way.” God instructs, teaches, and guides us with His eye (Ps. 32:8; 48:14; 73:24);
6) He sets them on high and increases their families (v. 41). In Ps. 78:52 we read, ‘He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; He led them on safely, so they did not fear…” (Psalm 23; 18:33) In Psalm 127 God tells us, Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways…your wife shall be like a fruitful vine…your children…all around your table…”
God knows when we praise Him, we will become more like the One we worship. If you want to be like Jesus, allow praises to flow frequently from your mouth. Your life will be changed forever!