November 3, 2017

Psalm 107:1

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

Attitude of Gratitude.

Introduction.–Ps. 107 opens Book Five of the Psalms (see p.
626). In point of poetic beauty this poem takes its place with the
most sublime productions in any literature. It is of unique
construction and was evidently intended to be sung in responses. Each stanza
is symmetrical in composition. First there is a description of the
calamity, then a cry for help, followed by an immediate answer. Then comes
a call for thanksgiving supplemented by the reason for the call.
The double refrains with their variations are strikingly effective
(see vs. 6-9, 13-16, 19-22, and 28-32). After the introduction (vs.
1-3), in which the redeemed are invited to praise God, the psalmist
presents four striking thought sequences in four stanzas.
The first stanza (vs. 4-9) discusses God’s watch care for
desert wanderers. The second (vs. 10-16) portrays God as the liberator
of the prisoners. The third stanza (vs. 17-22) sets God forth as
the great healer. The fourth (vs. 23-32) presents God as the
sovereign of the sea. At this point the literary structure of the poem
changes. Verses 33-42 speak of the blessing that comes to the righteous
and the curse that is the lot of the wicked. The psalm closes with
an appeal to the wise to ponder the facts presented so that he may
better understand God’s loving-kindness (v. 43). [SDA Bible
Commentary]

COMMENTARY

Psalm 107 describes a spiritual malnutrition among God’s
people that has them wandering in a deserted land. They are hungry and
thirsty and desperate. But when they cry out to God, he rescues them.
The cycle is repeated in the psalm, with verse 6 essentially being
repeated in verses 13, 19 and 28. This is also our appropriate response
in our wilderness moments – calling out to God for his help and
waiting for him to come to the rescue. And he does, repeatedly.
The psalmist also describes an attitude – gratitude – that
will continually nourish us and keep us out of future wastelands. The
call to give thanks is presented five times in this psalm, first in
verse 1 and then repeated in verses 8, 15, 21 and 31. Cultivating a
grateful heart is one of the greatest investments we can make in our own
spiritual and emotional health. [NIV Once A Day Bible]

CLOSING THOUGHT

Disappointments and setbacks will cloud our lives, no matter how
much we are blessed with. We have the choice to be thankful or
resentful. I can fuss with the thorns on the rose bush, or be thankful
that the thorn bush has roses. Alda Ellis

TESTIMONY

It was a tough situation to accept. I could have easily got
wrapped up in a thick blanket of self-pity; I sure could, but I’ve
learned better. I’ve built up a habit of gratitude for all God does for
me and when we do that long enough it makes it really difficult to
practice self-pity and fall into depression. [anonymous inmate]

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