Psalm 107 - Part 1
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
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
-Psalm 107:1-3 (ESV)
This week, I was encouraged by a dear brother in the Lord to look back on what Christ has done in my life. Out of a time of reflection, I came across Psalm 107 and was impacted by the gospel proclamation found in this Old Testament song. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be blogging through this Psalm of praise. I encourage you to reflect on the steadfast love of God along with me.
In the Psalms, we not only find the inspired Word of God to his people, but we find the inspired Word of God from his people back to Him. The Psalms are God’s collection of worship songs and prayers given to us to know how to approach Him in referent, exuberant, theologically sound, and emotionally charged praise. In the Psalms, God has written songs for his Church to sing.
In the beginning of Psalm 107, God, through the Psalmist, calls us to give thanks according to his goodness and never-ending love. He calls us, the redeemed, to remember what we have been redeemed from (a theme we will find in the rest of the song, and throughout biblical worship).
He calls us to give thanks because He has not only redeemed a certain people, in a certain time and place, but he has redeemed refugees from every tribe, tongue, and nation. We as Americans are evidence of this...we are a people far from Jerusalem and of Gentile decent, but we have been redeemed “from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.”
We who are in Christ have been rescued and redeemed, not according to our pedigree, geographic location, or socioeconomic status, but according to God’s goodness and steadfast love. Through Christ, the Holy Spirit applies redemption to all who call on Him in faith.