Psalm 107 – Give Thanks to the Lord

This Thanksgiving weekend, I decided it would be appropriate to post a Psalm that gives thanks to the Lord, not only for the blessings He bestows upon us, but simply because of who He is. I think Psalm 107 fits the bill.

Psalm 107

 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say this—
   those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
   from east and west, from north and south.

 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
   finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty,
   and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
   to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
   and his wonderful deeds for men,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty
   and fills the hungry with good things.

 10 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom,
   prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God
   and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
   they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom
   and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
   and his wonderful deeds for men,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
   and cuts through bars of iron.

 17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways
   and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food
   and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent forth his word and healed them;
   he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
   and his wonderful deeds for men.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings
   and tell of his works with songs of joy.

 23 Others went out on the sea in ships;
   they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the LORD,
   his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
   that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
   in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men;
   they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
   and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
   the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
   and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
   and his wonderful deeds for men.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
   and praise him in the council of the elders.

 33 He turned rivers into a desert,
   flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,
   because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water
   and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
   and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards
   that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
   and he did not let their herds diminish.

 39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled
   by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles
   made them wander in a trackless waste.
41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction
   and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice,
   but all the wicked shut their mouths.

 43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things
   and consider the great love of the LORD.

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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4 Responses to Psalm 107 – Give Thanks to the Lord

  1. Debbie says:

    Oh I loved this and it has been too long since I read it! Thank you again for doing Psalm Sunday. Verse 35, where the desert is turned into flowing springs . . .this happened in Israel, where they were able to irrigate and grow all kinds of things. And then I think about the desert places in my own life and the lives of others . . .He does the same in them!
    God bless you, beautiful Linda, for helping us to thank Him today!

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    • Deb, I think my favorite part of this Psalm is the repetition of these two stanzas:

      Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
      and
      Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
      and his wonderful deeds for men.

      If we cry out to the Lord when we are in distress, He is always faithful in His love and will rescue us. Peace, Linda

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  2. Linda says:

    “Those He redeem from the friend of the foe.” I like that and it’s familiar. I may steal that one for my own story!

    “Rebelious ways, and iniquities… He rescued them from the grave.” Isn’t it curious that things haven’t changed much over thousands of years? I too am so grateful for so much, and when I tell that to God, my prayer life flourishes. Nice fitting post. Thanks!

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    • Linda, That is so true about how gratefulness improves our prayer life immensely! Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and is ever faithful to answer the grateful and humble prayer. Peace, Linda

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