Say So, and Sing!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble…

Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,..
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;..
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!” Psalm 107:1-2,4-10,13-17,19-22

Trouble is part of the life of the redeemed. We cannot avoid it; it takes many forms. But the Lord uses distress as a vehicle for us to recognize our helplessness, cry out for Him, and recognize Him as the great Deliverer. Through this exercise we learn a rhythm of gratitude for His steadfast, unfailing love.

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We may feel we are in an unending cycle of misery, imposed by outside circumstances or of our own making– stifled in a job, trapped in a difficult relationship, miserable in a physical affliction, uncertain about the future. Each trouble reminds us for what Jesus came to die, and from what we have been redeemed. God designs our very distresses in order to sanctify them for our growth and His glory. He trains us to look out from our choking and fretting and selves, and up to our gracious Redeemer. Jesus is the One who slakes our thirst, frees our souls from bondage, burns His light into our darkness, heals our brokenness, and brings peace into our storms. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Mark 4:37-39; John 4:14; 8:12; Galatians 5:1)

Will we take this psalm to heart and sing its song? Will we trace His wondrous works to us, recount His unending goodness and grace, and give thanks?

“O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!
 ~Charles Wesley (1739)

Lord, You are good, Your steadfast love endures, You redeem, You hear every cry, You deliver. Fill my days with saying so!

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