Redeemed Storytellers

redeemed storyPsalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe”

They know God’s goodness and love will never end because they’ve been to the end….

Psalm 107 lists them as wilderness wanderers. Rebel prisoners. Foolhardy sufferers. Imperiled adventurers.  They have a story of redemption to tell. Maybe you can you relate.

Have you ever been a wilderness wanderer? You escaped the bondage of Egypt but somehow lost your way en route to the Promised Land. You no longer feel at “home” in the world, but instead of setting up shop in Canaan, you’re going around in circles. You’re thirsty for righteousness but no matter how hard you try, living a life worthy of Him seems unreachable. Maybe you could do what those wilderness wanderers in Psalm 107 did. They stopped trying and started trusting. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress” (verse 6).

Can you identify with the rebel prisoners? Your insurgence against God has landed you in a prison darker than any you could have imagined. You think no one can break your chains and you’re convinced no one would want to. Ah, but you’re wrong. No matter how sin-stained you’ve become, there lives a Redeemer whose love “breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron” (verse 16).

Maybe you’re one of those foolhardy sufferers. Your lust to be free of all restraints shows in your body. You—as well as others—may even think you deserve the pain. You’ve made your bed, now sleep in it. Thankfully, God is not part of that crowd. The same One who spared the Psalm107-ers can deliver you. “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave” (verse 20).

Finally, how about those imperiled adventurers? Life was good. You were riding high on the waves. The thrill of the wild called your name and you answered with a hardy yes. That is until the storm came. And suddenly, your courage was “gone with the wind.” You are sinking fast but a hand is reaching out through the tempest. A hand that stills the storm and leads you home (verses 29-30).

All of us who know Christ have a story of redemption. A story that needs to be told. A story someone is waiting to hear….Won’t you tell yours?

 

 

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