‘Give thanks unto the LORD.’ (KJV) This is the call at the beginning of Psalm 107. But it is more than a call, it is the realization by the writer of just WHO the LORD is.
He is GOOD! Yet how do we thank Him? When we think about and live our busy lives, do we remember to thank Him for waking us up in the morning? Do we thank Him for only the most important of the blessings He has provided to us? Do we remember to thank Him when we lay our heads upon our pillows at night, only to wake up the next morning and repeat the same kind of thanks? And we do! Over and over again, we repeat the same rituals. And He has the patience to hear us, to love us, to continue with us.
We are an ungrateful congregation. Oh, it is not deliberate, and we do not intend to shrink the thanks we owe to our God. We just do. But since we are living, breathing, and busy people, we simply assume that God understands, and He will always forgive us, even when we fail to ask for His grace.
Psalm 107 goes on to remind us of God’s unending mercy to His people. Though they are largely thankless, they are still His children. And He will treat them so. He extends His grace to us, though we fail to extend the praise He so much deserves to Him. We do not deserve any of His grace. We do not deserve any of His blessings. And we certainly do not deserve everlasting life in Heaven. Yet this is what He offers.
I remember my earthly father, how he also extended grace and was good to me. He loved me no matter what I did wrong, no matter how sneaky I could be as a child, or how rebellious I could be when I wanted my own way. So multiply what our LORD does for us, from loving us unconditionally to drying our tears, and see that He is always good to us.
Psalm 107 ends with this, one of my favorite verses, vs 43: ‘Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.’
So today, when you have been awakened by your Father, remember to thank Him. Not just for today, or tomorrow, or even last week. Give Him your time, your love, your thanks for EVERYTHING in your life. Give Him thanks for the greatest gift He has given us, His own Son, Jesus the Christ. For He is GOOD!