Thank the Deliverer for His Deliverance

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Psalms

Psalm 107, “Thank the Deliverer for His Deliverance”

Our God is the God who saves – praise the Lord!  This is who He is, and what He does.  When God’s people cry out for salvation, God grants it through His grace, and in response we give Him praise and thanks.

Psalm 107 begins the final book in the compilation we know today as “The Book of Psalms” – Book 5. (Ps 107-150)  Why “Book 5”?  There are different thoughts – one opinion being that the 5 books of the psalms correspond with the 5 books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).  Certainly the 5-fold division mirrors that of the Penteteuch, but it’s difficult to say with absolute certainty that the themes perfectly correspond to their associated books.  Just chalk it up to one of the other questions we’ll ask of Jesus when we see Him face-to-face. J

It may be a new book within the psalms, but it picks up on a similar theme and note of the previous psalms.  Ps 106 actually begins in almost the same way and proclaims a similar message.  The author of Ps 106 looked back to the specific deliverance and forgiveness of God towards His people Israel.  There were historical events referenced as they look a brief look at the rebellion and forgiveness of Israel through the ages.  Psalm 107 takes a bit of a broader look, but it’s the same idea.  A cycle is presented which ought to be somewhat familiar to us: the people sin – God brings discipline & the people suffer – the people cry out to God – God delivers and saves.  4 times the cycle is repeated in Psalm 107, and for good reason: it rarely stops.  This was the story of Israel through the time of the judges – this was the story of the divided kingdoms through the time of the kings – this was the story of Judah through the time of the Babylonian captivity (which is most likely the immediate context of the psalm). 

Of course, this is our story as well.  Those who are the people of God walk away from God in our sin – God brings His discipline into our lives & allows us to experience the consequences of our actions – the people confess their sin & cry out to God – God grants His forgiveness and cleansing.  That cycle likely describes the walk of every single believer in the room!  Of course, it also describes the gospel.  We see our sin for what it is, cry out to God for a Deliverer, and that’s exactly what God gives us in the person of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 107 (NKJV)

  • Introduction & Praise (vss. 1-3)

1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

  • The common national refrain of Israel – repeated so many times throughout the psalms.
    • Give thanks: Give praise – remember what has been done – maintain a grateful heart, understanding what has been given.
    • To Yahweh: The LORD God is the everlasting ever-existent God.  He is the faithful covenant-keeping God.  He is the God of Israel, and the God over all the earth.  This is the God whom we thank – this is the God who has provided everything.
    • Why? #1, For God is good: His character is wonderful – He is perfect in every way.  He is kind, and just, and holy, and awesome in every respect.
    • Why? #2, For God’s enduring mercy: His actions are as good as His character.  Mercy = chesed, the loyal covenant-keeping kindness & love of God.  God’s promises will never fail because this is simply part of who He is.  His mercy endures forever.

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, 3 And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.

  • Who is it that is supposed to join in this song of thanks?  Those who are “the redeemed of the LORD.”  What is redemption?  Payment – the exchange of one good for another.  For someone to have been “redeemed” is to say that he/she has been bought/purchased.  The ancient Hebrews were purchased out of their slavery in Egypt through the death of the firstborn in every house, and thus also through the blood of the Passover lamb strewn across the doorposts.  God purchased them out of their slavery, and they forever belonged to Him.
    • In Christ, we have been redeemed from the enemy!  We’ve been purchased with the death of the first-born of God – we’ve been purchased with the blood of the perfect sacrifice of God.  If you are in Christ, you have been bought.  You are not your own, but rather you belong to God by right of ransom (among other things).  In the past, we did belong to the enemy (death); now we belong to God by His grace!
  • The point?  If you have been redeemed, you can agree with the goodness of God.  You’ve tasted of His love & His grace.  What do you do about it?  “Say so!”  Call out in praise – give God thanks!  The entire psalm is dedicated to calling the people of God to give praise & thanks unto God.  One of the ways we do this is though our public witness of Him.  If you’ve been redeemed by the Lord Jesus, say so.  Tell others that you’ve been redeemed.  Share your testimony of how Jesus saved you from sin & purchased you from the grave.  Say it – share it!
  • For Judah, their redemption was obvious.  God had brought them out of their captivity, from where they were scattered throughout the world.  True regarding their exodus from Egypt…  True regarding their redemption from Babylon…  True again in the end-times…
    • True regarding the Church as well!  Where is the Church gathered from?  All over the world!  Every tribe & nation has people who surrender their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord, and God has gathered His Church together.
  • God’s deliverance among Israel & the world (vss. 4-32)
  • Stanza 1 (vss. 4-9)

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. 5 Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.

  • First illustration: deliverance in the wilderness.  Although much of the psalm speaks in general terms that might apply to any people, the Jews had particular experience with wandering in the wilderness!  Historically, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience to the Lord in rejecting His promise.  Yet this cannot specifically describe the exodus time in that the psalmist describes this people as being “hungry and thirsty,” whereas the ancient Hebrews were not.  Even in the midst of experiencing the judgment of God, the Hebrews had plenty to eat and drink as God brought forth daily manna, and even generated water to drink from the rocks themselves.
  • The idea really seems to refer more to the time of the Babylonian captivity, when the Jews were separated from their homeland & had no city to call their own.  They longed to be back in Israel (specifically in Jerusalem), and their souls fainted while waiting for their discipline to end.
  • At the same time, this profoundly describes a person who wanders far from God.  Whether they never had a saving relationship with Jesus Christ at all, or they wandered away from Him in their sin, time apart from the Savior is like time in the wilderness.  We look for satisfaction, but we can find none.  The only water that truly quenches is the living water that Jesus alone provides, as He told the Samaritan woman at the well. [John 4]  We faint when we’re apart from the Living God – why?  Because He is the One who gives life.  He is the One who created us & we are made to worship Him.  Unless we are doing so, then we will truly find no satisfaction apart from Him.

6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. 7 And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.

  • Note verse 6 – this same wording is going to be repeated four times in the psalm.  Each stanza appears to have two refrains; this is the first.  Refrain “A” = the cry & deliverance.
    • They (the people) “cried out.”  Why did they cry?  They realized “their trouble” and understood they needed help.  Contextually, in this wilderness time, they knew they were hungry, thirsty, and fainting & needed help, so they cried out for it.  Faith & conversion always begins with a cry.  It starts with the realization that we are in desperate need of help.  Before we will call out to the Savior, we must first realize that we are in need of saving.  Before we will ask for forgiveness, we must first understand that we have indeed sinned.  Likewise here.  The people realize their trouble & cry out.
    • To Whom did they cry?  “The LORD.”  Not to the generic “God” that so many people today try to appeal to.  Not their own “spirituality” (because people might not like to be religious, but they consider themselves ‘spiritual’).  They cried out to the Lord God Yahweh.  A generic idea of God could not help them.  A general philosophy about goodness could not help them.  They needed deliverance, and they appealed to a personal Deliverer.
      • God absolutely understands our need for a personal Deliverer, which is why He personally came AS our Deliverer.  Jesus walked among us & people could be with Him, touch His hands, eat dinner with Him, etc.  God Himself walked among us…you can’t get more “personal” than that!  This is the God to whom we cry out – this is our Deliverer!
    • What did God do?  “He delivered them.”  He rescued those who needed rescuing.  They called out to the Personal God, and God answered with a show of His mighty power.  He snatched them away from their trouble & provided for them.  IOW, God wasn’t all “talk” – He acted as well.
      • That’s the wonderful news about Christ Jesus!  Jesus’ work of salvation isn’t merely good words & good feelings.  Some people get the idea that church is just were others go to pat themselves on the back & hope that things eventually work out for the best.  If that’s what “church” is, then we’re all wasting our time!  The Church are those who have been called out by the Living God, and the Lord Jesus truly does deliver us.  Our hope of eternal life isn’t solely a hope; it’s real.  The new birth we’ve received in the Holy Spirit isn’t wishful thinking; it’s something that actually occurs to every single person who trusts Christ as Lord.  Jesus DOES deliver!
  • Verse 6 is the proclamation of deliverance; verse 7 explains the deliverance.  The people were wandering & lost; God led them & guided them.  God perfectly answered the problem. Those who are lost from God are found by Him when they cry out.  Those who wander from their Lord & King are instantly brought back when they humble themselves in repentance.  Those who have no home apart from God are granted a home through the work of their Deliverer.

8 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

  • Refrain “B” = the call for thanksgiving.  Give thanks to God!  Why?
    • God is good.  Just as in verse 1, we are reminded of the wondrous character of God.  He truly is a good God!
    • His works are wonderful.  And again, God’s actions reflect His character.  As wondrous as His person is, His works are the same way.  He is wonderfully gracious to those who trust Him by faith.
    • His works are for all the world.  Note that this goes beyond the nation of Judah, or even any of the physical children of Israel. “And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”  God is God over ALL of the earth, and His glorious good works benefit every man, woman, and child on the planet.  Even more than that – His good news of salvation is available to every man, woman, and child on the planet!  The work of Jesus Christ through the cross & resurrection is truly wonderful indeed!
  • Vs. 9 gives the particulars of the refrain (much like the relationship of vss. 6-7).  The good works of God are described here regarding the wilderness wanderings.  People were lost & fainting from their lack of provision; now they are satisfied & filled with the goodness of God.  Note that the psalmist is talking about something far more than mere physical hunger & physical provision.  God satisfies “the longing soul…the hungry soul.”  God meets our every spiritual need!
    • For those who have tried every area of satisfaction and found none, there is a reason why: those things can never satisfy.  The only One who can provide true satisfaction of the soul is God.  That’s not to say that we simply give God a whirl to see if our live gets better, or that we come to Him for all of the benefits we think He may offer us.  But it is simply a fact that God is the only source of ultimate satisfaction in all of the world…this is absolutely plain from the Scriptures.  The truth is that every Christian will suffer – every Christian will still experience times of dryness, yet even in those times, it is only Christ who satisfies.  Eternal satisfaction can never come from the world; it can only come through the One who created the universe.
  • Stanza 2 (vss. 10-16)

10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons— 11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, 12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help.

  • The first picture was one of wandering; the second picture is one of imprisonment.  Again, if the reference is to that of the Babylonian captivity, the illustration makes a lot of sense.  They were taken out of their homeland & forced to go somewhere they did not wish to go.  They could not leave when they wanted to leave (for a minimum of 70 years), and there was absolutely nothing they could do about it.
  • Why were they imprisoned?  Sin.  No question about it, they had rebelled against the Lord.  God had warned the nation of Judah time and time again that He would not tolerate their sin.  He even told them of the specific nation He would use to discipline them.  Yet they still ignored the Lord & persisted in their rebellion.  There were brief periods of revival (Hezekiah & Josiah), but the people always fell back into the blatant idolatry and wickedness that they had engaged in.
  • What did God do?  He disciplined them.  God may have used the Babylonians in the process, but it was God who “brought down their heart.”  God is sovereign over the nations, and thus God was the one to bring out the Babylonians to ransack Jerusalem & bring about the final fall of the nation of Judah.  God loved the Jews too much to allow them to engage in wanton sin.  God is too holy to sit back and watch His people sin themselves into oblivion and defame the name of the Lord.  Thus God acted in His discipline.
  • That’s in Jewish history, yet something similar could be said about people today.  Because of our sin and rebellion against the words of the Lord – because of our despising of the things of God, humans today are imprisoned in darkness & the shadow of death.  To be sure, they may not realize they are in prison, but they are.  They serve their master of sin, and they will one day pay the wage of eternal death.  Once we realize the reality of our imprisonment & death sentence, we are overwhelmed, but yet there is nothing we can do to help ourselves.  We can’t go to enough AA programs – we can’t volunteer enough time – we can’t do enough good deeds or donate enough money to purchase our way out of our spiritual prison.  We cannot free ourselves; we must be freed.

13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces.

  • Refrain A.  They/we cry out & God delivers!  He snatches us from the prison cell of our sin!
  • How did God deliver?  He gave them light, life, and freedom.  There’s no more darkness because we’ve been introduced to the light of the world in Christ.  There’s no more death because Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  There’s no more chain because Jesus came to set the captive free.  God delivers!

15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 16 For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.

  • Refrain B: give thanks!
  • What was the work?  Breaking the things of bondage.  Whatever it was that kept us locked away in slavery, God broke it.  Whether it was the things we did to ourselves, or the righteous judgment of God upon us, it has been broken in Christ because He frees us!  He satisfies the judgment of God for our sin, and He provides us hope for the chains we placed upon ourselves.
  • Stanza 3 (vss. 17-22)

17 Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.

  • Third picture: health.  People were sick & dying.  Although the illustration is perhaps more difficult to put with the Jews historically, it still seems to be the idea.  They had foolishly turned away from God & they suffered immensely for it.  The things that should have brought nourishment were refused, and they were near unto death.
  • Why?  Sin.  Again, there is a direct tie here to wickedness.  It’s not that people were sick with the stomach flu; it’s that they rebelled against God & they suffered as a result.  Although we tend to stay away from the idea that people might physically suffer as a result of their sin, we have to acknowledge it is at least a possibility.  Certainly, not every sickness is the discipline of God for some sin in our life – much sickness is simply the result of living in a fallen world.  (Thus it’s still due to sin; just not necessarily our individual sin.)  Yet sometimes sickness IS due to sin.  Ananias & Sapphira dropped dead because they lied to the Holy Spirit.  Some in the church of Corinth physically suffered because they treated the Lord’s Supper with disrespect (or with no knowledge of Jesus at all).  Sin can make us suffer.
    • It doesn’t take much medical training to observe the same thing around us.  The sin of alcoholism physically destroys a person’s liver.  The sin of drug abuse destroys brain cells.  The sin of abortion often causes later problems in mental and physical health.  The sin of unrestrained anger can cause death.  The sin of lust can lead to all sorts of STD’s, and the list can go on & on.  Sin always has a cost.  Sometimes that cost is physical…always that cost is spiritual.

19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

  • Refrain A: they cry out to God & God delivers! How did God deliver?
  • God gave His word.  We don’t often think of the word of God being a tool that can be used for physical healing, but that’s exactly the case here.  Whereas the author referred to some sort of prophetic word given in past history, or the actual written word of God we’re not told – but we are told that the word of God was sufficient to bring healing.  God can heal with a word because God is God!  The word of God has power!  God spoke, and the world came into existence.  Jesus spoke, and people were healed.  The Holy Spirit gives us the written word of God, and our lives are unalterably changed.  The word of God is living & powerful & sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4).  Watch & see what the word of God will do!
  • God saved them from destruction.  Whatever their sickness was, it was bringing them to the cusp of death.  Instead, God gave them life.  His word delivered them from the edge.
  • Ultimately, this is what happens with the gospel – the good news (the good word) regarding Jesus Christ!  People are doomed for death.  Because of their sin, they are riddled through with the sickness of sin, and they are going to pay the eternal wage of death.  Yet when they receive the word of God through the gospel (when they hear that Jesus is God who died for them & lives today, and they respond to that news through faith), God brings them healing & life!  He heals them of their past diseases – He promises them abundant life today & eternal life in the future.

21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.

  • Refrain B.  Amen!  The deliverance of the Lord is something for which to give Him thanks!
  • This time, the author doesn’t describe the wonderful work of God, but rather writes of the response of those who were delivered.  Those who are healed ought to respond with thanks and praise.  Declare the works of Christ with a joyful heart!
  • Stanza 4 (vss. 23-32)

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, 24 They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. 25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea.

  • Fourth picture: deliverance from the sea.  What makes this interesting is that with the earlier three pictures, there is much more of a tie to the nation of Judah as they suffered in the Babylonian captivity.  Certainly the language is poetic, but it easily describes the Jewish people.  Here, it doesn’t.  The Jewish people purposefully did not do too much business on great waters.  They certainly engaged in fishing on the inland lakes, but they only rarely went out into the deep sea. The psalmist seems to be expanding the idea of God’s deliverance and sovereignty from merely the nation of Judah unto all of the world.
  • Sailors see the work of God simply by looking at the ocean waves.

26 They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. 27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end.

  • Those oceans waves are the very things from which sailors require deliverance.  It’s one thing to sail a ship in calm waters; it’s quite another to be on a ship rocking back & forth in choppy seas.  (And still something else to be sailing in a storm!)
  • It’s no doubt that their soul melts as they understand their own helplessness in the situation!  They would very easily be overwhelmed by fear.

28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. 30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.

  • Refrain A.  They cry out & God delivers.  Even though it’s unclear whether or not these would be Jewish sailors, they still cry out to Yahweh God.  They don’t pray to their pagan gods for help in the storm; like the sailors on the ship that tossed Jonah overboard, these sailors also cry out to the Lord of Heaven and Earth for their help.  God hears them & saves.  How?
  • God calms the storm.  The God who created the waters has no problem calming them.  God is sovereign over every aspect of His creation, thus calming stormy oceanic waters are no problem for the Almighty God.  Demonstrated vividly through Jonah…  Demonstrated again through Jesus Christ…
    • Symbolically, storms & waves often refer to fearful overwhelming problems in the psalms.  Obviously these are no more problems for God than physical waves.  There are times in our lives where it most certainly feels as if we’re drowning in troubles.  (Pastor Yousef in Iran – Rypstra family with 5 month old boy)  It’s so important to remember that our God is stronger than the storms!  We might still face the time of suffering, but we serve a God that can give us peace in the middle of the storm we face!
  • God guides them to safety.  The desired haven for the sailors was a safe port of harbor.  The desired haven for us is home in heaven.  We’re always going to have problems in this life (Jesus promised us that much), but we can trust that the God we serve is still going to guide us through life until we get there.  The good work that God has begun in us, God will be faithful to see it through.

31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 32 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.

  • Refrain B: give God thanks!
  • Again, the response of the people is given.  How ought those who have been delivered give thanks?  By exalting God in the midst of other people…specifically among those who also know God as their God.  The “assembly & elders” is a reference to the congregation of the people of God.  We ought to share the wonderful praises of God among ourselves.  We remind others of what God has done for us – we speak of His wonderful works to other brothers & sisters in Christ.  Not only can we rejoice with one another in this way, but we can help bear one another’s burdens as we continually point one another back to our Lord Jesus.
  • God’s blessings and judgments (vss. 33-42)

33 He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground; 34 A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35 He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.

  • The psalmist already showed how God has power over the sea.  God also has power over the inland.  He can bring safety to turbulent waters and He can bring water to a waterless place.
  • The basic idea is that God can bring barrenness or blessing.  This is the follow-up to the 4 illustrations & refrains.  God certainly disciplines people when they sin against Him, but He is also fully capable of bringing blessing again.  Those who were taken into a barren wilderness can find watersprings there when they turn back to the Lord in humble repentance.
  • No doubt this was the experience of the Jews as they were brought back into the promised land.  Obviously there’s no way we can absolutely know that this psalm was written to coincide with the return of the people, but it certainly describes it.  They were lost – they were imprisoned – they were suffering – they were overwhelmed – they were in that barren place, with no hope other than the promise of God.  And God delivered!  God brought them back into the land and blessed them there, which would have otherwise been unthinkable.
  • The deliverance of God is truly an amazing thing!  There are things in our lives that would otherwise appear to be utterly dead.  Relationships that are gone – opportunities that are lost, etc.  There’s no human way of ever recovering any of these things.  But this is the incredible thing about the deliverance of God…He’s in the business of bringing dead things to life again.  He can make dry land into watersprings, and God can bring restoration to that which was once thought absolutely lost. …

36 There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place, 37 And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest. 38 He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease.

  • Description of the blessings of the Lord.  The hungry are satisfied, having a home and a harvest.  Those who were in desolation are now in a land of increase.
  • Thinking of the nation of Israel, these were the types of blessings that God promised those who would abide by His covenant.
  • Thinking of us today, we do not look for a city made with hands, but a city made without hands.  God definitely has a home for us in His kingdom. …

39 When they are diminished and brought low Through oppression, affliction and sorrow, 40 He pours contempt on princes, And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way; 41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, And makes their families like a flock.

  • Description of the discipline of God.
  • Likewise with the nation of Israel, God specifically promised them that if they disobeyed, God would bring curses upon them, including “oppression, affliction, and sorrow.”  This is not God’s desire for them, but He would certainly allow them to face these things if they turned aside from following Him.
    • As with us!
  • Yet hope remains!  God will discipline the disobedient, but He still “sets the poor on high” – God always leaves a remnant.

42 The righteous see it and rejoice, And all iniquity stops its mouth.

  • These things are witnessed by all, and every excuse is removed.
  • Conclusion (vs. 43)

43 Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

  • Be wise!  Know what happens when we sin.  God will allow us to be disciplined – God will allow us to experience our trials.  But observe also what happens when we repent and cry out to God: God delivers!  God is faithful to save those who love Him & humbly come before Him in Christ.
  • This is the chesed/the lovingkindness of God!  God is faithful to His covenant promises in every respect.  We have a covenant with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, and when we cry out for our Deliverer to deliver us from sin & slavery & suffering, etc., we can trust that our God will be good to His word.  He is good & He is faithful!

Conclusion:
Our God is the God who saves!  Our God is the God who delivers!  What a wondrous God we serve – what awesome works He has done.  We sinned – we cried out for salvation…and amazingly, God saved us!  God purchased us from the grave – He snatched us out of destruction – He healed us from the sickness of death – He blessed us beyond our imaginations.  Amazing love!  Amazing grace!

How do we respond to this?  In exactly the way the psalmist repeatedly told us: Psalm 107:31, "Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!" []  Have you given thanks to the Lord tonight?  Have you thanked Jesus for His goodness?  Have you told others of His wonderful work on your behalf?

I suggest that we all take the work of Christ far too much for granted.  When was the last time you physically told someone else what God has done?  Maybe you came in praising the Lord tonight to someone else…wonderful!  Yet maybe instead you’ve come up with a ton of prayer requests lately (nothing wrong with that), but have shared no praise.  If you’re in Christ, I guarantee you that you’ve got SOME reason to praise the Lord.  Not just in your own heart (which is good!), but with other people.  Share it with the church – share it with your co-worker.  Find someone with whom you can proclaim the praises of God.  Oh that the men & women of God would give thanks to the LORD!  Our God is worthy of our thanks because our God is our Deliverer!

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