Psalm 107, various verses
(2) Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble, (8-22) Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things. Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So He bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! For He shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.
Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
(35-38) He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there He lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By His blessing they multiply greatly, and He does not let their livestock diminish.
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,” is another way of saying: “Tell how God has saved you, blessed you and worked in your life.” He has done great things and He is good. Some of you have been redeemed from trouble because you have rebelled against the words of God. You used to play the victim card, or wonder why life has been so hard on you. But now you realize that the trouble you have been in has been because of your rebellion. Or maybe you’re still figuring that out. You have called out to Jesus, and He has saved you. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
Others of you have maybe had rough things in your life that were unexpected. The life you’re living now isn’t the one you dreamt of when you graduated from high school. The hard knocks have left you hungry and thirsty, and when you called out to God, He answered you. He has turned your desert into a pool of water.
As for me, I praise God for showing Himself to me at an early age through a Vacation Bible School. He used two humble ladies who diligently came to my little farm community each summer for 35 years to show me the words of life that come through life in Him. Though I have had short spells of stupidity and rebellion, I am thankful that God has pulled me out of them to follow hard after Him. He has truly placed me near springs of water.
What has God done in your life? What does your psalm of praise look like? Who can you tell of the great things God has done?
*Graphic from Bulldozer Faith