Posted: 02 Oct 2014 01:11 AM PDT
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy,” Psalm 107:2.
In 2007, I was on a trip with a group of college students from my church. We were staying the night in a hotel in Jackson, Mississippi when we were awakened early in the morning to the sound of screams and chaos. When I made my way out the door of my room to see what was going on, I noticed two girls from our group dragging a child’s body out of a pool and another of our girls performing CPR on another child.
Once the rescue responders arrived and relieved our girls I learned exactly what had happened. Two young children had snuck out of their hotel room and decided to go for a swim. When one of the children got caught in a rope in the pool the other jumped in to help. Both kids were unable to swim and would have drowned if not for the actions of a few girls from our group. The kids’ lives were saved as a result of the quick actions of these outstanding ladies. The story made the news both in Mississippi and back in our hometown in Arkansas because stories of rescue are worth telling.
Redeemed: the Hebrew word for redeemed, padah, brings the idea of rescue or protection. In today’s verse we are commanded that the “redeemed” of the Lord should “say so.” We learn that those who have been rescued and protected by God should speak up and speak out! Has the Lord redeemed you?
If so, then say so! We have been redeemed not only from our enemies, but also from the enemy. We have been redeemed from sin! That is a story of redemption.
Redemption stories are worth telling.
Do you have a story worth telling?
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The – Christian Post –
gave a headline by – Nathan Black – RESCUED CHILEAN MINER:GOD WON
. What a glorious recognition of God’s great power. The Chilean President thanked the families of the miners “who maintained faith – this faith that ended up moving mountains.”
Mario Sepulveda said, “I was with God and I was with the devil. But God won. I held on to God’s hand. At no point in time did I doubt that God would get me out of there.”
Survival items were sent down through a four inch hole including Scripture. One 19 year old man, Jimmy Sanchez wrote, “There are actually 34 of us because God has never left us down here.” Others working on the rescue effort also acknowledged divine intervention.
What wonderful expression of the work of God with His people. A courageous president that acknowledge those that, by prayer brought God in to comfort those that were waiting and to wrap His arms around those that were trapped. I thank the Lord for a President that was not ashamed to acknowledge Divine intervention in this marvelous rescue. Paul’s words, while not needing to be vindicated, were.
What could our nation be if we were to acknowledge the greatness and goodness of God; and our President and other leaders of our nation would acknowledge God’s work and wonder. What a change our nation could experience. Class warfare would be over. May we as a people recognize the need for God and turn back to Him. He is our only salvation. Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.
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