Psalms 107:8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Despite all that God has done some may choose not to praise the Lord. The Children of Israel had made that mistake at various points in their history, and it cost them dearly. One price that they ended up paying for their failure to praise God was that of being in captivity in Babylon. Seeing what had befallen them and God’s goodness in bringing them back from captivity, the Psalmist of Psalms 107 made a passionate plea for those who had returned to not make the same mistake of the past. Therefore, he challenged them to praise the Lord when he said, “oh that men would praise the Lord”. What he was saying was never again renege on your responsibility to praise God. Whatever is going on around us God should still be praised; that was not something that the Israelites had mastered.
There were two reasons highlighted by the Psalmist as to why God should be praised. The first reason given for praising God is for His “goodness”; that is synonymous with praising God for who He is. God is all knowing, all powerful and is present everywhere at the same time. Recognition of these attributes of God, plus others, should cause praise to flow naturally out of us towards God.
The second reason we should praise God is for what He has done. In alluding to this the Psalmist said men should praise God for “His wonderful works to the children of men.” When we think about all that God has done for us, how can we not praise Him. See it as your responsibility to praise God, despite the other responsibilities you must attend to.
Life Application: Fulfil your responsibility to praise God by scheduling time to give God thanks and praise daily.
Daily Devotional: Lord, I will praise you because you are good and your mercies endures for everything. In Jesus’ name, amen.