Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good: What Does Psalm 107:1 Mean?


Psalm 107:1 reads, “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationPsalm 107:1
ESVOh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
NASBOh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
NIVGive thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
NLTGive thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

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Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

107:1-9 In these verses there is reference to the deliverance from Egypt, and perhaps that from Babylon: but the circumstances of travellers in those countries are also noted.

It is scarcely possible to conceive the horrors suffered by the hapless traveller, when crossing the trackless sands, exposed to the burning rays of the sum.

The words describe their case whom the Lord has redeemed from the bondage of Satan; who pass through the world as a dangerous and dreary wilderness, often ready to faint through troubles, fears, and temptations.

Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, after God, and communion with him, shall be filled with the goodness of his house, both in grace and glory.

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Psalm 107:1 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Ps 107:1-43. Although the general theme of this Psalm may have been suggested by God’s special favor to the Israelites in their restoration from captivity, it must be regarded as an instructive celebration of God’s praise for His merciful providence to all men in their various emergencies.

Of these several are given—captivity and bondage, wanderings by land and sea, and famine; some as evidences of God’s displeasure, and all the deliverances as evidence of His goodness and mercy to them who humbly seek Him.

1, 2. This call for thankful praise is the burden or chorus (compare Ps 107:8, 15, &c.).

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