Thank God for His Goodness

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Mazmur 107 | Pdt. Paulus Surya

Book Five

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So (Listen)

107   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble
  and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
  Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
  hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
  He led them by a straight way
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
  For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
10   Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11   for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12   So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
    they fell down, with none to help.
13   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
14   He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    and burst their bonds apart.
15   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16   For he shatters the doors of bronze
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.
17   Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18   they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
19   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
20   He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
21   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22   And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
23   Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great waters;
24   they saw the deeds of the LORD,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
25   For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26   They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27   they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits’ end.
28   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29   He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30   Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32   Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33   He turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34   a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35   He turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
36   And there he lets the hungry dwell,
    and they establish a city to live in;
37   they sow fields and plant vineyards
    and get a fruitful yield.
38   By his blessing they multiply greatly,
    and he does not let their livestock diminish.
39   When they are diminished and brought low
    through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40   he pours contempt on princes
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41   but he raises up the needy out of affliction
    and makes their families like flocks.
42   The upright see it and are glad,
    and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
43   Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
    let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

 

Bersyukurlah kepada Tuhan sebab Ia baik!

 

Mazmur ini mengajarkan bahwa setiap orang percaya sudah seharusnya hidup dalam pengucapan syukur karena kebaikan-kebaikan Tuhan yang telah menyelamatkan. Pemazmur menekankan kebenaran ini di ayat 1-3: “Bersyukurlah kepada Tuhan sebab Ia baik!” Mazmur ini ditulis pada saat umat Israel kembali dari pembuangan di Babel.

Apa saja bentuk-bentuk kebaikan Tuhan yang harus kita syukuri?

Menyelamatkan yang tersesat (ayat 4-9)
Perjalanan bangsa Israel dari Babel ke Yudea kurang lebih 1000 km. Mereka sempat tersesat di jalan sehingga “menjadi lapar dan haus, lemas dan lesu”. Ungkapan ini menggambarkan juga ketersesatan secara rohani. Yaitu hidup menentang Firman Tuhan atau taat beragama dengan motivasi salah atau kombinasi keduanya. Yesus adalah jalan keluar dari ketersesatan (Yohanes 14:6).

Membebaskan yang terpenjara (ayat 10-16)
Orang Israel yang dibuang di Babel “terpenjara” di sana karena hidup melawan perintah Allah. Secara rohani, ini menggambarkan umat Tuhan yang masih “terpenjara” oleh dosa. Siapa yang dapat melepaskan kita dari keterikatan dengan dosa? Yesus Kristus (lihat Roma 7:24-25).

Menyembuhkan yang sakit (ayat 17-22)
Umat Israel yang sakit dalam perjalanan kembali dari pembuangan di Babel “muak terhadap segala makanan”. Secara rohani, ini menggambarkan umat Tuhan yang undur imannya sehingga tidak suka makan makanan rohani. Jika kita mengalami hal seperti ini, berdoalah dan bersandarlah kepada pertolongan Tuhan agar kita dipulihkan.

Memulihkan yang mengalami badai kehidupan (ayat 23-32)
Umat Israel melihat perbuatan Tuhan yang ajaib tapi kemudian Tuhan mengijinkan ada badai kehidupan menerpa mereka. Tatkala mereka berseru-seru kepada Tuhan, Tuhan mendengar dan menolong mereka. Hal ini mengingatkan kita tentang Tuhan Yesus yang menghardik angin ribut dan menenangkan murid-muridNya yang ketakutan.

“Memperhatikan segala kemurahan Tuhan” adalah kunci untuk hidup dalam pengucapan syukur.

 

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Paulus Surya, tanggal 26 November 2017