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JUST THINKING: Let the Redeemed Of the Lord Say So

I was just thinking about my Men’s Sunday School Class at Chenal Valley Baptist Church. They have been faithful to listen to me week after week as I have tried to impart God’s Word. But for the next several weeks, using the theme “Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So,” the men are going to do just that.

I’m Not Being Lazy!

Few, if any, love to teach more than I. I’m not trying to get out of something — I am looking to gain something. I want to hear what the Lord has done for each of the men whom I love greatly. I also want each of them to gain assurance, boldness and spiritual strength as each one shares the blessings of God in their lives.

Why Say So?

The King James Version reads like this: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the foe” (Psalm 107:2). I personally like the way it is stated in the Anglicized NIV: “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.”

What is the Story?

The story of each believer may vary from state to state, country to country or culture to culture. But for every believer, there is one common denominator — God loved the world so much that Jesus took our place as the perfect sacrifice and to provide forgiveness of sin and by His resurrection provided everlasting life. Then He made each believer a new creation, enabling life to change from sinfulness to sanctification. It is there that “their story” becomes a personal testimony.

The hymn writer penned these lyrics: “I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems — than all the golden fancies — of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story — it did so much for me — and that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.”

The story of God’s love is rich. It’s full of innumerable blessings and we who are redeemed need — no, must — tell it because Jesus told us to. Others need to know that what Christ has done for us, He will do for them.

You Will be My Witnesses

We often relate the Lord’s statement regarding being witnesses to sharing the gospel with those who are lost. I remind you of what He said: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NIV).

Indeed, we must tell the story of salvation, but we must also tell the story of changed lives — that which is evident to you as one redeemed. Be willing to gladly and boldly tell your story. Let them know that it’s not who you were before that counts, it is who you are now since Jesus saved your soul.

Redeemed!

Fanny Crosby, the prolific lyricist, gave us this song: “Redeemed! How I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Redeemed through His infinite mercy — His child and forever I am.”

Written in 1914 by Rufus McDaniel, this song resonates with the message of Palm 107:2: “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart. I have light in my soul for which long I had sought, since Jesus came into my heart! I shall go there to dwell in that city, I know, since Jesus came into my heart! And I’m happy, so happy, as onward I go since Jesus came into my heart!”

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! Let them tell their story whenever and wherever they can!

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