We conclude Psalm 107 with the last verses that start with 1“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”. This phrase was spoken four times because of its importance. David said this repeatedly because praise is so vital to our faith in Christ but often disregarded. Without praise and thanksgiving to God, our faith is dead. Denying thanks to God on a regular basis means that we don’t truly care for Him. What He has done for our lives doesn’t mean much. This is similar to the relationship with our parents. If you simply learn from your parents but never say “thank you” or “I love you” your relationship is broken. Imagine how your mom or dad would feel if you never acknowledged them in return. You simply wanted money to do your own thing but were not willing to spend time with them to learn and grow. How awful is this? God is our heavenly Feather and doing this to Him is even more awful. In our faith with God, to receive and not give thanks to Him is only cheating His goodness. Won’t you acknowledge Him now in prayer? Give God praise for He is worthy. For just one minute think about what you are grateful for. Stop thinking about what you want but what God has done for your life. Rejoice in the blessings of God. Speak of His great name to everyone around you.
God 1“maketh the hungry to dwell” in His holy city. There is an opening for us to dwell in His presence. With the Lord in our lives we often bear fruits that increase. This is all because of the hand of God in our lives. Everyone that looks to the Lord in faith, 1“He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly.” Surely the joy we once felt is multiplied, for God’s love is greater than all things. The joy of the Lord is our strength. May His praises ring out in our hearts, mind and mouth. Sing songs of praise, for God deserves it all. Know that if God’s praise is not in your heart then there is something wrong. David doesn’t express the need for men to praise God for no reason at all. This is because God’s praise is often missed. People often choose things that don’t include God. However, without God, people simply 1“wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.” They are on a path to destruction, for God is left out of the equation. 2Truly Jesus is the way to salvation. If you seek the Lord, then you are truly blessed. God doesn’t allow the poor in heart to be afflicted. He tends His flock and cares for them deeply. 1“The righteous shall see it, and rejoice.” They will see the great things God has done for their lives and give praise. 1“Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.”
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, it is amazing to sing out in praise to your holy Name. You are holy and righteous. I am honored and blessed to have Your in my life. Thank You for blessing me so much and so often. Thank You for directing me on Your path. Thank You for giving me wisdom. Thank You for forgiving me when I fall. You are so gracious to take me back when I repent. You have shown me what true love is. Your mercy truly endures forever. I am amazed at Your grace. Thank You for coming into my life. You are such an amazing God. There is nothing like Your goodness. I was able to do so much, this day, and it is all because of You Lord. You did it all. You put those thoughts in my mind. You helped me finish the task. Thank You for giving me these thoughts and helping me through it. I can always trust in You. You never fail me. I love You. I praise You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 107:31-43 (KJV)
31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.
2John 14:1-7 (KJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.