“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).
The first three verses present a significant theme of this psalm—a call to praise God for His lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting.
The psalmist gives four illustrations of God’s unfailing bountifulness in Psalm 107, verses 4-32, and each contains four elements: a calamity, a cry for help (v. 6, 13, 19, 28), a description of God’s salvation, and a call to give thanks.
v. 4-9 – (hungry, thirsty) – Deliverance for those lost in the trackless desert.
- v. 10-16 – (misery, distresses) – Freedom for captives.
- v. 17-22 – (afflicted, near death) – Healing of the sick.
- v. 23-32 – (miserable, afraid) – Safely for those at sea.
In each situation, the people cried out to the Lord—which resulted in relief and deliverance—then gave thanks. Is this usually our first reaction when we’re in trials and distress? If not, how do we respond?
“Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered much anguish. In Your love you kept me from the pit of destruction” (Isaiah 38:17). God allows things into our lives that help us become our best, both for our future here on earth and eternity.
Thru many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come!
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home. –John Newton
Repeatedly the psalmist urges those who have been delivered to “give thanks to the Lord” (v. 8, 15, 21, 31). We need to be reminded of this because it is the goodness of the Lord—His mercy and grace—that rescues us.
According to the psalmist, for God’s goodness and love we give Him a sacrifice of thanksgiving, tell of His marvelous works, and sing joyfully in exaltation and praise (v. 22, 32).
In His goodness, He takes care of our needs—the ups and downs of life (v. 33-42); we look to Him for help and care, and give Him thanks. The psalmist concludes: “Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD” (v. 43).
In essence, goodness is a moral virtue which has its standard the moral perfection of God. Ask Him to produce the fruit of goodness in your life by helping and caring for others.