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Let the Redeemed of the LORD Say So

April 17, 2014

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Let  the Redeemed  of the LORD  Say So

People often  seem reluctant  to talk  about our adversary  —  the devil.     It just kinda seems embarrassing  that we get tripped up  by him  so often.     But,  when we make out  like the devil  is not real,  we’ve been tripped up again,  because we’re not facing the truth  about our desperate need  for a Savior.     If we’re  thinking  we don’t need  a Savior  from our sins,  we’re denying Jesus  —  the LORD God Almighty  —  and His eternal word  with so many fulfilled prophecies  about the Savior.

If  we imagine  that we can get along  just fine  without Jesus,  and are not thankful  for the immensity  of His love  and sacrifice for us,  we’re not accepting His gifts  of forgiveness  and redemption.     If we’re not accepting  the forgiveness  we need,  we have no need  to say  “Thank You”  to our Creator,  Redeemer,  and Sustainer.     That would include no need  to worship the Savior  on His resurrection day.

And,  all of this confused thinking,  lack of understanding,  and denial  of God’s love  tells  of a lost  and fruitless life.     There is no satisfaction,  no contentment,  no fulfillment,  no purpose.

But,  in all that,  the LORD God  still seeks  us out  to show  His love  —  His desire  to forgive  —  His desire  to lead us  to the wondrous joys  of being loved,  forgiven,  and satisfied.     We can be  ever so thankful  that our Redeemer  is so faithful  and good.     These sorts  of things are what Psalm 107  is talking about  as it starts  by saying,

Oh give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.
Let the redeemed  of the LORD  say so,
Whom He has redeemed  from the hand  of the adversary,
And gathered  from the lands,
From the east  and from the west,
From the north  and from the south.       Psalm 107:1-2

We can always be thankful  that God is still waiting  for us  to return  to Him.     When we realize  that our Savior still wants  to redeem us  from all  our sins,  we should willingly  “say so”.     We have nothing to hide.     We should  speak up.     Every person  on this earth  is in the same boat  as we are.     With open eyes  and hearts,  we need  to gladly  “give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;  for His lovingkindness  is everlasting.” 

Being  “redeemed  from the hand  of the adversary”  —  the devil  —  took an almighty rescue.     It means God  truly loves us.     We need  to realize how very beloved  we are  —  and accept  that love.     Dismissing God’s love  in Christ  means throwing away  our home  in heaven  and remaining lost forever.     That’s not very wise  or decent.

Let’s look  at the gifts  being offered  to us.     Examine their goodness.     Think about the wonder  of being so faithfully loved.     Then  “say so”  —  “give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good.”

Resting  in God’s  “lovingkindness”  we say,  “Hallelujah!    Lord,  it is so good  to be freed  by Your redemption.     Thank You.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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