Psalm 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Have you ever heard the statement; “A man is only as good as his reputation.” It might not be told to youngsters any longer, but my dad tried to drill it into my head. I can’t tell you the number of times he said, “a good reputation is worth more than all the money in the world son.” Another one was; “you can buy a lot of things boy, but a good reputation isn’t one of them.” A reputation is not what we try to tell people about ourselves. A reputation is who people know you to actually be by what you’ve done. People don’t often judge you based on what they think you’re going to do. Most often you’re judged by what you have done in the past.
The Psalmist says several times in Psalm 107, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” He’s not trying to paint a picture of who he thought God was going to be. No, he was saying, look at who God has been. Verses 2-7 says He will free those in captivity. Verses 9-14 shows Him to be a light in the darkest of nights. In verses 16-20 he reminds us how He can heal a soul bound even by the grips of eternal death. Then in verses 22-30 we find He can navigate the worst of life’s storms and cause even the seas to be still. Judging from the past, seeing who God has always been, Men should praise Him for His goodness and wonderful works to the children of men.
One other thing my dad would say was; “it takes years to build a good reputation, and just few minutes to ruin one.” Our testimony as Christians is not just our testimony, but also the testimony of Christ in us. Let’s live as to guard HIS reputation.
Will you live for Him today?
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