A call to PRAISE!
Some wonderful thoughts from Psalm 107 this morning...
"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy."
We are redeemed--"set free by avenging or repaying" according to Strong's. It foreshadows the full work of Jesus' work on the cross for us. But look at the fullness of our redemption: we're redeemed from...being lost, hungry, thirsty, faint and longing... redeemed from affliction and distress caused by our own rebellion and rejection of God...redeemed from foolishness and sickness and sin...redeemed from trouble without and fear within...redeemed from poverty and lack, barrenness and loss and sorrow!
And what does He do for us in our redemption? We are delivered from our destructions, led by the right way, established and satisfied, our chains broken and bars of iron cut in two, saved out of our distresses and healed of our sicknesses by the Word, brought to peace in the storm, brought to our desired haven, led to drink from springs in the wilderness, established and blessed, given a dwelling place, a fruitful harvest, increase and abundance, families like a flock, and peace!!
Good grief, what has He left out? Nothing! Every need met by His love and goodness and mercy. This is my own testimony and to Him is all my praise. No matter how difficult things get in the world, His "mercy endures forever."
The Hebrew style of poetry in music shows up so beautifully in this Psalm; four times is this wonderful refrain, "Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men," with this added in verse 22, "Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing." Lord, today I declare Your goodness and mercy with profound praise and thanksgiving. You are good!
And as a majestic finale to this call to praise, the last verse gives us our challenge with a promise, "Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD."
Amen! "Let the redeemded of the Lord say so!"