Key Scripture: Psalm 107:15-22 “Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! For He shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron. Some were fools through their sinful ways and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His deeds in songs of joy!”
Most of us know the beginning of this chapter in Psalm 107 vs. 1 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast loves endures forever,” but we must dig a little further and take the time to unpack the rest of the chapter to acknowledge not only His goodness and steadfast love but also His “wondrous works!” He shields us and protects us in ways that we never even see or understand. He is more than able to deliver us from the perils we face when we turn from our sinful ways and cry out to Him for help. Most importantly, we have eternal deliverance from our destruction through “His Word” Christ Jesus. The writer encourages us to not only give thanks to the Lord but also to offer our lives as a sacrifice to Him as we praise Him and sing joy-filled songs in His name.
Questions to Consider:
What are some specific ways you can offer yourself as a sacrifice to the Lord as an outpouring of your thankfulness to Him?
Lord, give me the wisdom and strength to run from all of my sinful ways and help me to see the opportunities You put before me each day to glorify You.
Heavenly Father, please reveal to me the many ways I can use my time, treasures and talents to serve you and your people.
Father God, thank you not only for saving me from my earthly troubles but for rescuing me from the eternal punishment of sin. You alone are my deliverer!