What wonderful and awesome things God has done for us! But how often we fail to proclaim how good He has been to us! The Psalmist begins Psalm 107 saying, “Give thanks to the Lord.” Then he says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” In other words, if God has saved you from trouble-then say so!
1) Let those who were hungry and thirsty thank the Lord (Psalm 107:4-9). Before you came to Christ you were starving; you were hungry and you were thirsty. Now, if you are in Christ, you have been filled. By His grace, you are feasting at His banquet table. Peter writes, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:3-4). So if you have “tasted the goodness of the word of God” (Hebrews 6:5), then let your thanksgiving be heard; and by all means, keep hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)! “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things” (Psalm 107:9).
2) Let those who were in bondage thank the Lord (Psalm 107:10-16). Before you came to Christ you were a slave, in bondage to sin (Romans 6). Now, if you are in Christ, you have been set free from the chains which held you! Paul wrote, “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18). Let all those who have been set free from sin rejoice, “For He shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron” (Psalm 107:16).
3) Let those who were perishing thank the Lord (Psalm 107:17-22). Before you came to Christ you were dead (Ephesians 2:1-3). Now, if you are in Christ, you have been made alive through the love, mercy, and grace of God (Ephesians 1:4-5). If you have been redeemed from death, then “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name” (Hebrews 13:15); or as the Psalmist said, “Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy” (Psalm 107:22)!
4) Let those who were tossed in the stormy seas thank the Lord (Psalm 107:23-32). Before you came to Christ you were tossed to and fro by all the storms of life. Now, if you are in Christ, you have an anchor in the storms! If Christ has calmed the storms of your life, then praise Him! “Let them extol Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders” (Psalm 107:32).
Are you washed in His blood? If so, then are you praising Him and thanking Him for His awesome salvation? Do those around you constantly hear how grateful you are for the love, mercy, and grace of God? Let this thought be on our mind today (and everyday), “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble” (Psalm 107:2).
I love you and God loves you!