“Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107.21 KLV)
Read: Psalm 107
Psalm 107 describes group of people with different challenges – different reasons for desperate cries unto God. It is comforting to note that God answered each group. For those who were distressed by hunger, thirst, and a lack of accommodation – He fed them with good things, slaked their thirst, and led them to places where they could settle.
For those who through rebellion had sold themselves to the bondages of darkness and depression – He brought them out of darkness and gloom and broke their chains.
For those who were afflicted with and dying from illnesses brought by their sins – He sent His word, healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. For those caught in storms that threatened to overwhelm them – He calmed the storms and guided them to their desired haven.
The psalmist celebrates God’s specificity and timeliness in providing answers, and calls on everyone to praise God for His goodness. He ends on this note- it is wise to observe God’s responses to our needs: they point to the extent of His love and mercy towards us. He is ‘beautiful for all situations. “Whoever is wise will observe these things, and understand the loving kindness of the Lord.” We should give Him praise because He is able to meet us all at the point of our needs.
Lord, teach me the attitude of praise, that I may praise You always.