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SIH STSTA ICON“Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So”

(A Thanksgiving Day Devotional 2013)

 

 

1) O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
2) Let the redeemed of the LORD say [so], whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3) And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4) They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5) Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses.
7) And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8) Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
9) For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
 (Psalms 107:1-9 KJV)

 

1) Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2) Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
3) and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
4) Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5) hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
6) Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7) He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
8) ​Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9) For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
 (Psalms 107:1-9  ESV)

 

Psalm 107 is a Psalm encouraging the saved to show their thanks to the Lord for the great work of redemption He has wrought on their behalf. Basically, this Psalm reviews the Lord’s great spiritual redemptive work through the use of earthly illustrations.

A brief outline of this Psalm helps us to sees the main teaching of this Psalm:
Vs 1 – The need for the Redeemed to praise and honor their Redeemer

6 Illustrations of God’s Spiritual Redemption…
Vs 2 – 3 – captives of war being liberated
Vs 4 – 9 – desert wanderers led to civilization
Vs 10 -16 – prisoners released from their cell
Vs 17 – 22 – diseased delivered from their sickness
Vs 23 – 32 – sailers delivered from a stormy sea
Vs 33 – 42 – sinners delivered from God’s judgement

Vs 43 – Godly wisdom leads those who are redeemed to live lives of praise and honor to their Redeemer

For this Thanksgiving devotional we will only look at verses 1-9…

 

THE DEVOTIONAL:

As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, there are many different blessings of the Lord for which we can be thankful.  These include our families and friends, our health, our physical needs and the many sources of happiness and joy He has chosen to graciously bestow upon us.

But, of course, the greatest blessing of all is His work of spiritual redemption that He has accomplished on behalf of His people.  For this greatest of all blessings we owe Him our unending thankfulness.  In Psalm 107, we are given many different earthy pictures of His wonderful spiritual redemption.  All of these are given to us as a source of remembrance of His wondrous works on our behalf.

In our text today, as we look at two of these pictures of His redemption, let us receive encouragement and strength to serve Him in greater ways.  For those who have never received His work of redemption on your behalf, my prayer is that your heart might be touched and you would come to the Redeemer today…

To begin our study, we find an encouragement for us to give thanks to our Wondrous Lord…

1) O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
2a) Let the redeemed of the LORD say [so],
Let us all declare our thankfulness unto the Lord!

1.  What do we have to thank Him for?
a.  Who He is….  He is a “good” Lord… He is the Just Lord over all that is loving, kind and gracious.
b.  What He has done for us…. He has shown us His “mercy”… He has bent down to us and rescued us from the clutches of sin and death, not because we deserved it, but because He loved us and gave Himself on the cross for us.

His great mercy is illustrated for us in Vs 2-3…
2b) whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3) And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

Here, we see His redemption is likened to a captive of war being liberated from His bondage…
1.  Why are they in bondage? 
Because their enemy has overtaken them.
This is much like our enemies sin and death which has overcome each one of us and has brought us into their bondage

2.  Who has brought us out of that bondage? 
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has liberated us from sin’s bondage, adopted us into His family and given us liberty as His children.
When we think about the spiritual bondage that encased us, and the liberty we now possess as the children of God, should we not be thankful to Him and share His greatness with others?

 

Another illustration of His great mercy is found in the next set of verses, Vs 4-7…
4) They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5) Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses.
7) And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

In this text, we can see that the redemption is pictured by a desert traveler…

1.  What was their situation? 
They could not find their way to safety and security.  They are lost, hungry, thirsty and growing weaker by the minute.  If they do not find safety soon, they will die.
This helps us to understand the situation of fallen sinful mankind.  They are spiritually separated from Christ, hungering and thirsting for eternal love and a relationship with God.  They are spiritually dead and on the verge of entering into eternal death.

2.  What was their condition?   
They came to a realization they cannot find their own way, they are helpless and lost with no human hope in sight.  They have exhausted all their human efforts.
All mankind are blinded to the truths of God.  They cannot find their own way to eternal peace and security.  All of their good works cannot gain the salvation that they so desperately need.  Without Christ, they are absolutely hopeless.

3.  What did they do to remedy their situation?  
They called out to the Lord, knowing He was their only hope.
It is only when the sinner comes to an end in himself and turns to Christ that his rescue can be had.

4.  What was the Lord‘s response?  
He delivered them out of the desolation that surrounded them.  He accompanied them as they followed Him to a place of safety and security.  He did unto them what they could not do for themselves.
This is exactly how salvation takes place.  Christ seeks out the lost person, brings the lost to Himself and leads the newly saved man through this life.  His leadership will continue throughout the saint’s life on earth and will culminate on their arrival at their eternal home, the new earth in the presence of the Lord forever.      

 

Folks, as we think back at our condition as a lost individual, and remember His gracious works on our behalf: coming to us and granting us salvation when we could not gain it ourselves;  accompanying us through all the storms and trials of this fallen world; and leading us to our eternal home; … with overflowing thankfulness in our hearts, should we not bring glory and honor to His name?

And now to summarize this text…
8) Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
9) For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Dear One in Christ, if we have been saved by the gracious intervention of the Lord in our life, should not praise and bring honor to His name?

Think of the blessings we have received: he gives to us our families and loved ones; He graces us with our physical health; He supplies to us our daily needs; and most importantly. He came to the earth and died on the cross, intervened in our life, brought us to His wondrous salvation although we did not deserve it, forever accompanies us on earth, and will lead us to a wondrous eternity with Him!

How can we not take part in the great opportunity He has given to us to share Him with all we come into contact with.  How do we do this?  We do this by, possessing constant lifestyle of displaying Him to others through our words and actions.

Dear friend, I now speak to those who are yet the bondage of sin and yet wondering aimlessly in the desert of this life.  If you have seen your grave condition as we looked at this portion of the Word of God, please come to understand there is NOTHING you can do to receive deliverance from your desperate condition apart from the Lord Jesus.  There is no good work that can be performed, no great plan of action that can accomplish your goal, no other man who can supply what you need the most… forgiveness of your sins.

It is only through the Lord Jesus Christ that you can find deliverance, peace and eternal security as you walk through the desert of life.  Turn from your sins to the Lord Jesus Christ, place your faith in Him as the only source of absolute forgiveness, perfect leadership, never failing friendship, and eternal rest for your soul.  Look and live, my brother, live.

Let me close by sharing with you this final passage….

12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14) For he is our peace,
 (Ephesians 2:12-14)

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