I Am Redeemed

Posted: November 21, 2012 in QT's
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Have you ever been lost before? Once when I was a kid I was at the local mall with my mom and sisters. We were clothes shopping and for a nine year old boy that was like excruciating torture. There was a light in the darkness however. It just so happened that J.C. Penney’s had a brand new Intellivision game console on display. I know, I know but in 1980 that was a big deal, and it consumed every bit of my attention. My mom and sisters were shopping and I was in my own world. It was wonderful for all of us. Then the store lights began to turn off and someone announced that the store would soon be closing. Oh well, all good things must come to an end and so I went to where I thought my mom should be. She wasn’t there. I walked through the store looking for her but couldn’t find her. I panicked and went looking through the entire mall for her. I panicked some more and went to the parking lot to look for her (yes, I realize I did everything wrong). I finally went back in the mall and there my mom was with a police officer looking for me (turns out I wasn’t where I was supposed to be). It was a glorious reunion. I was lost, but I had been found and I was very much relieved.

Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” (ESV)

The word redeem means to gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment. (New Oxford American Dictionary) It means that something (or someone) that was once lost has been found. The passage goes on to describe some of the trouble that people find themselves in; some wandered in desert wastes with no home, hungry and thirsty; some sat in darkness, prisoners of their own sin because they had turned away from God; some were in deep despair; some were simply determined to go their own way until they found out that way leads to destruction. In each case, when people reached their end they cried out to God and He came to the rescue:

He gave the wandering people a home.

“He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.” (v.7)

He broke the prison of sin.

“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and burst their bonds apart.” (v14) “For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.” (v.16)

(I love that, God is the hero coming to our rescue, bursting in and shattering sin!)

He healed the afflicted and saved them from sin and despair.

“He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” (v.20)

He calmed the storm of life.

“He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” (v.29)

The passage goes on to show how God can take a situation and turn it around. He brings judgment on the wicked by turning rivers into deserts and he provides for the humble and needy by turning deserts into pools of water. It closes with a word to the wise to pay attention and think about the steadfast love of God.

As we approach Thanksgiving let us think about the love of God. Over and over again in this passage we read the words “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” We go through trouble in life sometimes. We lose our way or we turn away but God is there, ready to burst through the door and save us, even from ourselves. He is ready to provide a place for us to live, in His presence, power, and protection. He’s ready to redeem us and buy us back with the blood of His own Son. He truly is our hero.

Remember the steadfast love of God this holiday season and give HIM thanks for who He is, what He has done, what He’s doing, and what He will do.

In Christ, Paul

Redeemed

Seems like all I can see was the struggle

Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past

Bound up in shackles of all my failures

Wondering how long is this gonna last

Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son

Stop fighting a fight that’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free

So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains

Wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy

Named by the voice of my shame and regret

But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”

I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I don’t have to be the old man inside of me

Cause his day is long dead and gone

I’ve got a new name, a new life I’m not the same

And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free

So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains

Wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed

 -Benji Cowart & Michael Weaver

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