Oh That Man Would Give Thanks to the Lord
"Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His
wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107:8, NKJV)
This statement, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord,” appears four times
in this one hundred seventh Psalm. This is a Psalm of thanksgiving.
In this Psalm, the Psalmist list a series of situations in which people find
themselves in need of God’s salvation and God, in turn, brings deliverance. Some
of these situations are self-induced by those who eventually need saving. Others
are a result of simply living life. Yet, in every situation, God steps in and brings
them “out of their troubles.” Once delivered these individuals gave an unexcused,
unsolicited, unashamed thanks and praise to God.
We too, like those listed in this Psalm, have been, and many times find ourselves in
need of God’s hand of deliverance. Whether self inflicted due to some sin or error
of judgment, or living on this side of life, we found ourselves in need and God
stepped in, “right on time” and brought us out. Thus, we too ought to give God
both thanks and praise.
The psalmist says, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord.” As if to say, we
should not wait until we are in situation where it is either life or death before we
give thanks and praise. Thanks, praise, exaltation should be a daily, natural
occurrence for those of us who know “where our help comes from.” Give thanks
today and every day. Do not wait until He delivers you from some trouble. Just
give thanks for what He has already done. OH, THAT MAN WOULD GIVE
THANKS TO THE LORD.