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Give Thanks Unto the Lord

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A Sermon on Psalms 107:1-31

Book Five

Let the Redeemed of the LORD Say So

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.


Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.


Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron.


Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!


Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD,
his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man! (ESV)

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What is a Christian? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers saying the Christian is the one sees his sin and brokenness. He is the one sees his weakness and flees to Christ, abandoning all efforts of saving himself. Regardless of one’s background and upbringing, what unifies all of mankind is their fallen nature and their need for redemption in Christ. All men are born in Adam and are children of wrath. It is out of this mass of fallen mankind form which Christians are saved through the work of Christ. It is Christ that delivers men from sin and gives them new life in the midst of their distress. So, all Christians are saved through the same blood, Savior, and God. This common salvation applies to all people regardless of their personality. It saves all people regardless of their ethnic background and cultural background. The peace that Christ brings applies to all men in all times and in all places. This is because Jesus Christ fulfills the deepest need of all men. He delivers all who cry out and believe from their sin and brokenness by leading them into the heavenly Jerusalem, making them a new people by the power of His blood. Jesus delivers us from all brokenness and sin by the power of His gospel. 


Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 107:1-31, New American Standard Bible

BOOK 5

PSALM 107

The Lord Rescues People from Many Troubles.

1Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,

For His mercy is everlasting.

2The redeemed of the Lord shall say so,

Those whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy

3And gathered from the lands,

From the east and from the west,

From the north and from the south.

4They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;

They did not find a way to an inhabited city.

5They were hungry and thirsty;

Their souls felt weak within them.

6Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;

He saved them from their distresses.

7He also had them walk on a straight way,

To go to an inhabited city.

8They shall give thanks to the Lord for His mercy,

And for His wonders to the sons of mankind!

9For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,

And He has filled the hungry soul with what is good.

10There were those who lived in darkness and in the shadow of death,

Prisoners in misery and chains,

11Because they had rebelled against the words of God

And rejected the plan of the Most High.

12Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;

They stumbled and there was no one to help.

13Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;

He saved them from their distresses.

14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death

And broke their bands apart.

15They shall give thanks to the Lord for His mercy,

And for His wonders to the sons of mankind!

16For He has shattered gates of bronze

And cut off bars of iron.

17Fools, because of their rebellious way,

And because of their guilty deeds, were afflicted.

18Their souls loathed all kinds of food,

And they came close to the gates of death.

19Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;

He saved them from their distresses.

20He sent His word and healed them,

And saved them from their destruction.

21They shall give thanks to the Lord for His mercy,

And for His wonders to the sons of mankind!

22They shall also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,

And tell of His works with joyful singing.

23Those who go down to the sea in ships,

Who do business on great waters;

24They have seen the works of the Lord,

And His wonders in the deep.

25For He spoke and raised a stormy wind,

Which lifted the waves of the sea.

26They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;

Their soul melted away in their misery.

27They reeled and staggered like a drunken person,

And were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

And He brought them out of their distresses.

29He caused the storm to be still,

So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

30Then they were glad because they were quiet,

So He guided them to their desired harbor.

31They shall give thanks to the Lord for His mercy,

And for His wonders to the sons of mankind!

Psalms 107:1-31, King James Version

1O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

4They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

5Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

6Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

7And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

8Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

13Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

17Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

21Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

28Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.