Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. (Psalm 107:15)
This phrase is found four times in this Psalm of the history of God’s dealing with his people, Israel. It exhorts thanksgiving from those the Lord has rescued, delivered, and given favor. Before each of the four phrases, is a story of some predicament incurred and turning to God for his help.
Additionally each of the four times is written the Lord’s response, “…He rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety…” “He broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron.” “He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.” “He calmed the storm… and brought them to safe harbor.”
The final portion of the Psalm concludes, by telling of God’s ability to turn the grimmest of situations around for the good, for he is good and desires to deliverer us from our rebellion, forgive us, and liberate us from the clutches of those things which would keep us in deep and dark dungeons. “Those who are wise will take this to heart.”
Lord, you change deserts into pools of water. There is no dark situation beyond your reach and ability to deliver. You have been faithful when I have failed to be faithful. Thank you for hearing my cry when I said, “Lord help!” Thank you for your rescue, your deliverance and the light of your salvation. Thank you for your forgiveness. Great are you Lord! Amen.
“and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”