O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
by Susan Jeffries
I am redeemed! I will tell it!
“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: For his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” Psalm 107:1-2 KJV
Psalms 107 in it’s entirety should speak to evey saved human being. I see five different kinds of people and situations. Which do you relate to?
Have you ever… wandered in the wilderness? Psalm 107:4
Or been…“Hungry and thirsty, and your soul fainted in you? Psalm 107:5
How about…sitting in darkness and being close to death, bound by affliction because of rebellion and rejecting wise counsel Psalm 107:10-11
Rejecting wise council is not wise!
And what about this one? Fools because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, are afflicted, can’t eat and about to die? Psalm 107:17-18
And then there are the trials… as though we are under water, either drowning in debt, sorrow, worry or sickness. Psalm 107:23-27
Though these are seemingly exaggerated scenarios they speak to what our minds think when we are in times of trouble.
After every single one of these scenarios comes the redemption!
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, And filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9
And another…“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, And praise him in the assembly of the elders.” Psalm 107:15-16, 28-32
Telling our testimony not only let’s others hear of the redeeming love of Christ but repeats in our own ears what the Lord has done for us! We can remember how blessed we are now in comparison to what it could have been.
There is also the adversity that may have been a part of our story not by our hand, yet we can still look back and rejoice at all the “could have been’s” because we all have them.
Mine: If not for a passionate doctor wanting to see me walk at 2 years old by inventing a custom sleeping brace to correct my weak legs, inward caving knock knees and turned in feet, I may not be standing straight or even walking today. That was out of my control, but God!
And my voice… I was always a very quiet child, mostly unseen, unheard. I lived in the shadow of my older talented sister whom my father pushed to be her best! I spoke but it was so soft no one could hear me most of the time (except the brief year in second grade when I rebelled out of anger because of my home situation). Repeating second grade fixed that!
I mentioned my quiet demeanor to a couple in church and they both looked at me and said, “You? Quiet?“ and then they laughed. They could never believe I was quiet given how I worship. I have every reason to shout and rejoice! There are SO MANY redemption stories I could tell you! God ain’t been nothin but GOOD to me.
If any of us are heading the wrong way we have a way out! Look up! Your redemption is very near, just speak the name of Jesus! He’s right there waiting to reach down in the deep to pull you up to safe solid ground!
Come on! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!! Let the redeemed of the Lord rise up! We’ve talked a lot about testimonies, redemption is a testimony!
I do not ever want to take the voice and the testimony that Jesus gave me for granted, and you shouldn’t either!
PRAISE THE LORD!!