Psalm 107:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Thanksgiving to the Lord for His Great Works of Deliverance
1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For 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.
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.
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.
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.
Millions have enjoyed Lawrence Welk's music and television programs - for over half a century.
--After a performer, he sometimes said, "Wunnerful, Wunnerful!" He wrote a book titled, "Wunnerful."
--People enjoy his variety music, including hymns.
Turn in your Bible - a wonderful Book - to a wonderful Psalm, 107 - about a wonderful God - the Lord.
It begins, "Oh, give thanks to the Lord," and tells us why - for He is good..His mercy endures forever." This is the holy nature of our Savior!
--Therefore, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so."
--And the saved should "say so," the unsaved don't.
--God has "gathered out of the lands," captive Israel and all those of us who were lost, "who cried out to the Lord in their trouble...He delivered them."
--"He led them forth by the right way" (v 7).
--"Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works..." (v 8)
Like a Hallelujah Chorus we read those words of His "wonderful works," four times - verses 8, 13, 21, 31.
--"For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness" (v 9). Wonderful God!
--The Hebrew word means, "significantly wonderful."
--And this Lord is Jesus Christ, Messiah and Savior.
The whole Bible is all about Jesus, "the Lord of hosts, Who is wonderful...in counsel and excellent, in guidance" (Isaiah 28:29). Let's obey Him.
--Promised by the Prophets, as Isaiah 9:6, "His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
--As God, the Lord does "things too wonderful for us for God can do everything" (Job 42:3)
--Scripture and experience show why He is wonderful.
I. JESUS IS WONDERFUL IN HIS PRE-EXISTENCE.
--No one else has pre-existence - but Jesus has.
--With the Father and Holy Spirit, Jesus always was!
--Long ages before He came to Bethlehem, or a cross.
--He always was! "In the beginning," before all else!
Jesus always was - in fact, created us and all else.
--Before we were ever born, Jesus thought of us.
--In His pre-existence He cared for needs of our ancestors, revealing Himself to show how to live.
--It will take all eternity to know how wonderful is Jesus - so we need to begin to know now.
It takes a wonderful Lord, to make a wonderful life, if we are to have a wonderful world of joy, peace!
--Because, friend, we are all unholy, need a Savior.
--Before there was ever a sinner, we have a Savior.
--Before there ever was guilt, we have God's grace.
--Before ever was death, Jesus was planning life!
--Before there was a hell, Jesus wants us in heaven!
II. JESUS IS WONDERFUL IN HIS NAME.
--There's something about your name - any name.
--Especially Jesus, Yeshua - God is salvation.
--We want to protect our reputation and integrity.
--But the name of Jesus is special - kept for God.
--The name Jesus actually means "Savior." It saves.
--Long ago Isaiah (Isaiah 9:6) foretold of Jesus' birth, of "a virgin" (without human father), "His name will be called wonderful..." Let's honor His name.
--When saved, we share part of His name - Christian.
As the angel announced Christ's birth he said, "call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Sinners, all need saving.
--Jesus, who is God is named by God (Matthew 1, Luke 1).
--A name reserved for God - the God Who saves.
--We are to "pray in His name" .. "not to take God's name" - His name - "in vain." But, to honor it.
--Pray that name, and Satan flees from a believer.
--Jesus, His wonderful name, is to be revered.
Christians are called by the name of Jesus Christ as Lord. There is wonderful power in Jesus' name!
--We sing of that name. Pray in His name. Love it.
Alexander the Great, the conqueror, had a name feared and respected in his day.
--He met a soldier, not living right, cowardly, most uncooperative, and rebellious, most troublesome.
--The General asked his name, he said, "Alexander."
--The General said, "Young man, that's my name. Either you change your ways, or change your name. I will not allow you to spoil that good name!"
Christians, pray we'll not spoil Jesus' good name.
--We can all fail. God can forgive. Follow Jesus.
--You and I, dear one, need His Spirit to improve us.
III. JESUS IS WONDERFUL IN HIS BIRTH.
--Every birth is a miracle of God's wonderful grace.
--Jesus' birth, most wonderful..."born of a virgin."
--No one else in all the world ever was.
--We celebrate most joyfully His birth each year.
--For Jesus came to show us what God is like.
--He is God in the flesh - with skin on, like us.
--Faced the same trials and testings - but sinless.
--All heaven heralded His coming. Choirs of angels.
--A special star in the East was lit to guide, from afar the wise men who came to worship Him, as well as humble shepherds of the fields. What a birth!
Although King of kings, Jesus was born in a manger.
--He identifies with the common man, in His humility.
--Ponder this wondrous birth awhile, as Mary did and "kept all these things in her heart." Wonderful!
IV. JESUS IS WONDERFUL IN HIS LIFE - NO OTHER AS HE!
--The Bible and Gospel writers tell of His life.
--It was incomparable - no other was ever like it.
--Jesus lived without sin - tempted and tested as we.
--"He went about doing only good," feeding many multitudes of people miraculously, walking on the water, healing all manner of diseases, and the blind.
--Jesus even raised the dead - like Lazarus, others.
--Not only doing good - but still changing lives.
Even Pilate who had Jesus crucified said, "I find no fault at all in Him" (Luke 23:4, and 14).
--The Roman Centurion, at the cross, marvelled.
--People said of Jesus, "No man ever spoke like this Man" (John 7:46). What a life He lived!
--O hear His wonderful words! Repent and live!
--To all who hurt .. sorrow..ill..confused..depressed..lonely and unsaved, Jesus said, "Come to Me..only believe, and live..be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
--Jesus taught us how to face life's struggles, and live - by modeling it wonderfully, before us.
V. JESUS IS EVEN WONDERFUL IN HIS DEATH.
--Not only how to live, Jesus shows us how to die.
--He is falsely accused, but prays for them all, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do."
--Jesus died praying! Not for self. But for us.
--When we know Him, life is great; death is easier.
Jesus knew why He came, and what awaited Him.
--He knew when His time was to end - but we do not.
--Being "born again" removes the fear of dying.
Pastor Robert Hall of Cambridge, England, in the university town, was not there long, and leaders came saying, "This evangelistic preaching of yours is not for this town .. or this church, or intellectuals."
--He said, "Why not? I'm just preaching God's Word."
--"Yes," they said, "but for people ready to die!"
--Robert Hall replied, "My friends, you paid me great compliment by this, for if they are for people ready to die, they are good for everybody - for that is where we all live .. on the edge of the grave."
Each sermon may be my last to give or some, to hear.
VI. BEST, JESUS IS WONDERFUL IN HIS RESURRECTION.
--Jesus burst the bonds of death and grave! Arose!
--He was seen of multitudes of believers and doubters, like a Thomas who said, "My Lord! My God!"
--The only One in history who arose on His own.
--He said, "Because I live, you shall live also."
--How? By repenting of our sin. Receiving Jesus.
All other religious founders-leaders died - only Jesus arose, seen by many, and ascended to heaven.
--So I ask, Isn't Jesus my Lord, wonderful?
--Is He your Lord, and Savior? Why not make sure?
--What He's done for millions, Jesus can, for you.
--This life is not the end! The best is yet to be!
--Be in Christ!
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 134