Give Thanks Unto the Lord
A Sermon on Psalms 107:1-31
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 …
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 …
In this sermon, “Give Thanks Unto the Lord” from Psalm 107:1–31, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones defines the Christian as the one who sees their sin and brokenness. They see their weakness and flee to Christ, abandoning all efforts of saving themselves. Regardless of one’s background and upbringing, what unifies all of humankind is their fallen nature and their need for redemption in Christ. All are born in Adam and are children of wrath. It is from this mess of fallen humankind that Christians are saved through the work of Christ. It is Christ that delivers people from sin and gives them new life in the midst of their distress. 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 everyone in all times and in all places. This is because Jesus Christ fulfills the deepest need of everyone. 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 from all brokenness and sin by the power of His gospel.
- The psalmist gathers people from all over to join in praising God.
There are four types of people depicted in the psalm:
Those wandering in the wilderness seeking truth but unable to find it. They represent those seeking meaning and purpose but unable to find it.
- Those imprisoned and chained, representing those enslaved to sin and bad habits.
- Those sick and losing interest in life, representing those who have lost meaning and purpose.
Those on a ship tossed by storms, representing those without control over their lives and circumstances.
Though different, they share a common experience of distress, trouble, and need.
- In their distress, they all cry out to the same Lord, the only one who can save them.
The Lord delivers them in different ways according to their needs:
He leads the wanderers to the truth.
- He breaks the chains of those imprisoned.
- He heals those sick of life and gives them purpose.
He calms the storm for those with no control.
Though different, they come together in praising the Lord for his goodness and deliverance.
- We are all sinners in need of deliverance. The question is whether we have joined in praising the Lord for saving us.
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.