“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” (Psalm 107:1-2).
Psalm 107J ust like a picture window on the eastern wall of a beautiful living room, fully opened to the morning sunrise, countless rays of sunlight penetrate every room, lifting the cold shadows of night from the house… the Greek term exagoridzo (“redemption”) means “to be bought out of the slave market, never to go back into slavery again!”
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight …” (Ephesians 1:7-8).
In Jesus, we have been bought out of the slave market of addiction, worldly allurements, detrimental relationships, worry, guilt, shame, and bitterness–ALL put to rest forever under the blood of His crucified body. “Tetelestai!” He cried on the cross. “It is finished.” Not He is finished, but our slavery is finished. Our guilt and shame are finished. Our fear of death is finished. Satan’s grip of sin upon our hearts has been released.
“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).
Our certificate of debt is paid in full. Our redemption has been accomplished in Christ’s horrific sacrifice on the cross. Your very soul, your eternal life, has been purchased from the market of slavery and condemnation, never to return into bondage again.
- Psalm 107:8-9 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.”
- Give thanksgiving as you recount three of your most-cherished memories of times that God has redeemed your past challenges and valleys of darkness.
- Psalm 107:21-22 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing.”
- How should your thoughts and words of thanksgiving for God’s redeeming grace cleanse your soul and clear a pathway for godly living?
- Romans 8:31, 37-39 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?… But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- As Paul’s reassuring words encapsulate our redemption, describe the joy and thanksgiving that fill your heart, mind, and soul.
- Romans 3:24 – “… being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
Luke 21:4 – “… for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
- We sing our choruses: “He paid it all!” “He loves me so.” “He is faithful.” “Oh, how He loves you and me.” “He paid my debt.” “He left the 99 to come find me.” These and countless others praise His all-out, sold out, unconditional love. What song might the widow have been singing to Jesus in the Luke 21 account of her all-out gift?
- Why does the widow’s song ring so sweetly in Jesus’ ears?
- Why does His all-out love demand our all-out love in response?
- What song are you singing today in your heart’s meditations, the way you entertain yourself, the words from your mouth, and the portion of your time and money you give to the needy and less fortunate?
THE SHEPHERD’S CALL
John 13:15 – “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
From today’s scripture, how does THE Shepherd inspire you to shepherd your flock?MINUTE OF MEDITATION
“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” (Psalm 107:1-2).PRAYER
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication