Of Inspiration From Our Pastor
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, And for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
I have written this week with the Lord's help about "Giving
God Praise for His Goodness!" The scripture text for
this article comes from the book of Psalms. This book is one
of the five books of poetry in the Old Testament. It is a
collection of inspired Hebrew poetry, and was the inspired
prayer and praise book used by the Jews in the temple and
synagogue worship. The book of Psalms is one book with five
divisions. The divisions are:
1. Book I (Psalm 1:1) to (Psalm 41:13).
2. Book II (Psalm 42:1) to (Psalm 72:20).
3. Book III (Psalm 73:1) to (Psalm 89:52).
4. Book IV (Psalm 90:1) to (Psalm 106:48).
5. Book V (Psalm 107:1) to (Psalm 150:6).
Our Scripture text comes from (Book V) and it contains forty-four
Psalms. The author of this Psalm is unknown, but the main
writer of (Book V) was David. (Psalm 107) is a psalm of deliverance
for the children of Israel, when they would get in trouble,
they would cry out to the Lord for deliverance and God would
bring them out of their distresses. Read: (Psalm 107:6, 13,
19, and 28).
For this Pastor's Desk, we want to focus our attention upon
our scripture text for this article. It is found in (Psalm
107:19-22) which says = 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 be children of men!
22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And
declare his works with rejoicing.
In (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, and 31) why was Israel so reluctant
to give the Lord praise for his goodness to them? The word,
reluctant, means = feeling or showing doubt or unwillingness
to praise him for his wonderful works to the children of men!
The author said, "And let them sacrifice the sacrifices
of thanksgiving, And declare his works with rejoicing"
(Psalm 107:21, 22).
We believe that the words written in (Psalm 107:19-22) are
applicable to Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church today in
the 21st century. The word, applicable, means = capable of
being applied to us. We must give God praise for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children for our Sunday
Services. Let us enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and
into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless
his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting:
and his truth endureth to all generations (Psalm 100:4, 5).
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving
thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19, 20). Let us
offer to our God the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare
his works with rejoicing (Psalm 107:22). Also, let us share
our testimony with others who do not know the Lord as we do.
Tell them about his provision, his healing power, and his
ability to deliver the human family from their distresses,
and that Jesus is a Saviour who desires that all of us would
be saved and have eternal life! Let us Give God Praise for
Suffragan Bishop Charles L. Smith, D.D.
March 26, 2023