As I sit here early on this Thanksgiving Day 2018, I’m reminded of Psalm 107:1-8. These verses say much about why we live.
1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
The Psalmist David begins with our Worship when he said, “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Our worship is not dependent upon who we are but rather upon who the LORD is. David proclaims that the LORD, for he is good is why we worship. Four times in this chapter David declares, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness. . .” It is because of His goodness comes mercy that edureth for ever. What is mercy you ask? Mercy is God not giving us what we deserve such as eternal death in Hell for ever because of our sin.
Second, David continues with our Words. He said, ” Let the redeemed of the LORD say so . . .”. Who are the redeemed you ask? Well the redeemed are those who have trusted God’s payment for their sin through His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Instead of me dying for my sin on the cross of sinful shame, Jesus Christ became my substitute and died on the cross in my place. David challenges us to speak up and let the whole world know again and again. Why? Well the last part of verse two tells us why. He says, “whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy”. Who is our enemy? It is Satan himself who is our enemy. He wants you and I to pay for our own sin yet when we trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour He then pulls us out of the clutches of Satan’s grasp upon our soul and He sets us free. To God be the glory, great things He hath done.
From verse three down to verse seven, David describes where God redeemed us. He redeemed from every land, from our wandering from city to city only to find there was no answer for their soul, from our weariness because of being hungry and thirsty and we were fainting or giving up hope for our soul. Then in the midst of our trouble we cried unto the Lord and he delivered us to a wonderful life, gave a new direction which leads to a new destination.
David concludes verse eight with the words, “for his wonderful works to the children of men”. We are to give thanks not only to the LORD in worship but also to his wonderful works to the children of men. We should give thanks for a Faithful Legacy left to us by great men of the past like a John R. Rice, Lee Roberson, Monroe Parker, Bob Jones, Sr., Jack Hyles and many more who have given a great heritage for us to continue building upon.
Also, for Faithful Families, like my parents and my wife’s parents who taught us the things of God and gave us a home that we could build our homes upon. Both of our parents are celebrating 65 years of marriage by Christmas. That is a sure foundation upon which to pattern our homes. While we live in a day when it has become easy to walk away from a commitment to each other in marriage and the world of acceptance deviates from a Biblical Family. We must go on in obedience to God’s Word regardless if it is politically correct, socially accepted but rather because it is Biblically Correct. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today were it not for a faithful wife, four wonderful children, two daughters in law, a son in law (all of whom are our children now also) and 6 precious grandchildren. I am so blessed that I think I’ll just give God thanks for his wonderful works to me.
Also, for Faithful Leaders in the faith. I have had the privilege to serve with some wonderful men throughout my ministry. Two of these men I call my Pastor. Thanks to God for Carl Braswell and Dan Reed. They have both guided my spiritual walk with love and correction in more ways than I have space to write. They have been faithful to the Truth of Scripture, in the midst of Trials and Storms, yet they are mere men who have had the greatest of influence in my life.
Finally, for Faithful Followers of me as I am a follower of Christ. They have proven to be true in allowing the preaching of God’s Word to work in their lives. Their faithfulness in attendance, in obedience, in stedfastness through the storms that come our way. They bring to mind what John the Apostle said, “I have no greater joy than my children walk in truth”. Therefore, with David I say, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men”. Let’s just praise the Lord today!!