Psalm 107 – Give Thanks to the Lord
Wednesday, 1st February 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
SECTION ONE V1-3 THOSE WHO ARE CALLED WILL GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD
We are the ones being called by God, He saved us from the bondage of this world. But because of our fear and worry, we cannot see God and we cannot hear God. V2-3 ‘Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.’ God has called us and gathered us from all over the world, we must come before Him and give thanks to Him every day.
SECTION TWO V4-32 OVERCOME THE ENVIRONMENT AND GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD
V4-5 ‘They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.’ We are walking in the wilderness, we cannot see the hope from God and we cannot see the Promises from God. God wants us to lift up His Name in our darkness, to cry out to Him in our troubles, and He will save us and deliver us. We must admit that we are poor in spirit, and that we need Him to fulfil our empty hearts. V8-9 ‘Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’ God’s Will for us is good, but death brings fear. Is there fear in our hearts?
V12 ‘Therefore He brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.’ When we don’t see God as God, but use our own strength, we stop relying on God and we stop giving thanks to Him. At the end we will fall, we will feel weak, and we will burn out. God wants us to return and repent, He does not want us to worship Him like worshipping an idol, to ask Him to do what we want Him to do. Instead, we should honour God first, stop trying to control God, but let Him be our guide and lead our way.
V17 ‘Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted.’ God wants to give us peace, but when we reject the peace from God, then we will receive sufferings. The fools disliked the blessings from God and ended up in the snares of the death. Death means they stopped beliving God and their hearts for God have died. But in our lowest point, when we return and cry out to God, He is love and He will save us. Do not let the environment bind us, but to lift up the Name of God, then He will lead us overcoming all tourbles and hardship.
V22 ‘Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.’ God wants us to testify for Him, to praise His Name and to share the Good News. When we praise God and give thanks to God, we will bring His works and wonders to the people, and people can also be saved. When the environment comes, let us praise God and give thanks to Him. The worldly worries keep us away from God but when we speak the Name of God, peace and comfort will come to us, and we can meet God face to face.
He is the God who saves, do we believe that God’s salvation is at hand?
SECTION THREE V33-43 GOD WILL WORK HIS WONDERFUL WORKS
V33-34 ‘He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.’ God gave us a promised land and a land flowing of milk and honey, but because we our sins, our land is also cursed. Do not think that once we have received God’s blessings, we will no longer need to worry. Everything from God may be taken away because of our sin.
V40-41 ‘He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way; yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, and makes their families like a flock.’ God wants people to see us, because He wants people to see His Works in us, but when we choose to go away from God, then God will no longer put us in the high place.
God wants us to overcome our suffering and He wants to lift us up, but we must have a hunger heart, to fear the Lord, and to always think about His Goodness. God wants to bless us, He longs to be with us, let us praise His Name and give thanks to Him.
诗篇107 – 称谢耶和华