POWER OF PRAISE: What benefits do we get from praising God?

In Psalm 107, there are actually 6 benefits for praising God, but today we will only discuss the first benefit.

In this Psalm, we realize that the theme is “to give thanks to God.” Why should we give thanks to God? Is it really IMPORTANT?

Yes, it is VERY important! Why, because “God is good! For His mercy endures forever (v. 1). 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 overpower us so that we ignore God and His blessings. Most of the time, 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, for the most part, the children of Israel would obey for a while and then fall into disobedience. Don’t we do the same?

God, in Psalm 107:2, tells us “let the redeemed of the Lord to say so.” The redeemed of the Lord are the people who believe in Him. Believers need to acknowledge God 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 may slip in to cause us to 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 (vv.5-8).

God cries out six 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) In verse 13, God tells us “they cried out to the Lord in their trouble.” If God says anything once, we should pay attention; If He calls out two times, we should take special notice; if He cries out three or four times, that should be noted with an emphasis; but if He shouts out six times, it is extremely important! He is not in need of our praise, but WE are in need of His help!

Our first benefit of praising God is “He satisfies the longings of our soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness!” (v. 8-9) All He wanted us to do was to take time for Him each day and cry out to Him, to give thanks. “In Psalm 34:10, 15 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 it is 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 forever the same. God has redeemed us by His blood.” (from the Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon)

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