1Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! 2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble 3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 5hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. —Psalm 107:1-6
As parents of five children, there are a few very important lessons that my wife and I have tried to instill in our children at a young age. First of all, we want them to know the truth of the Gospel. At bedtime, in the car, whenever we sit down for dinner, and any number of times in between, we try to intentionally draw their attention to the fact that God is a redeeming God because of His grace and mercy. He chose to save us by sacrificing His Son, and we receive the blessing of relationship when we repent of sin and place our faith in Christ. The lesson of the Gospel is of paramount priority. However, there is another lesson that we want them to grasp as young as possible—and that is the discipline of thankfulness. Even if it is for the smallest of gifts, we expect a quick “thank you” as a response in order to help cultivate a heart of gratitude.
In Psalm 107:1-6, the Psalmist points our attention to the overlap of these two principles. We are told to “give thanks to the Lord . . .” and then he goes on to give us two primary reasons for announcing gratitude as part of our worship to God.
The first reason for our thankfulness is the goodness of God. God is good, and He will not withhold good things from His chosen ones. It is striking that the first item of thankfulness is in the character of God alone and not even in relation to us. However, it is the second reason for gratitude that begins to connect to us. The steadfast love of the Lord is an outflow of His goodness and it shows us that God is faithful.Nowhere is that covenant of faithfulness more clearly demonstrated than in the salvation that He grants to us. The text even reminds the redeemed to speak of such truths and to join the song of the nations from every corner of the world in proclaiming the goodness and the faithfulness of the Lord in a chorus of gratitude.
Today, we have so much to be thankful for in our lives. We live for and worship the God who is good and who has poured out His steadfast love to those whom He has redeemed!Let the redeemed pour out their gratitude in worship to Him today! —Brian White
Prayer – Father, I want to take this time to thank You for all that You have done for me. You saved me by paying the price of Your own dear Son. You drew me to Yourself even when I was not looking for You. You have been patient as I have struggled with my sin. You never give up on me even when I give up on myself. For all of this and more, I thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.