"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.
1. Do you too, like those listed in this Psalm, have a testimony that you can give God thanks and praise for?
2. Can you remember some situation you “got yourself in” and God brought you out?
3. Did you thank God for the last victory you won?
4. Do you remember a time when God brought you out of a trouble “right on time?
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!