Psalm 107 speaks about God’s goodness.
“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (1)
Verses 4-32 give four stories about God’s goodness. The people were in trouble and God helped them. The stories are made up of four components.
First, it describes the problem. A lack of a home, rebellion, fools, and ships being wind tossed.
Second, they cried out to the Lord. Each story has this exact phrase in it. “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.” (6,13, 19, 28) God corrects the problem with specific help.
Third, they praised the Lord for God’s goodness. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (8, 15, 21, 31) When God helps us, we should give thanks and praise Him.
Fourth, God does something or instructs the people. He filled the hungry, broke the gates of brass, allowed them to sacrifice, and let the people praise Him.
These should be the steps we take when we have a problem. Determine the problem, present it to the Lord and expect that will fix it, then praise Him when He does, and continue to serve.
God is good and we need to acknowledge that.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001