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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Song Series: Say So

Say So

Read: Psalm 107

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary – Psalm 107:2

No one keeps good news to themselves; they share it!

17-month-old Charlotte was playing in the backyard of her family's Australian home, the family’s Doberman pinscher, Khan, began to snarl. A king brown snake (the third most venomous kind in the world) was under the house within striking distance. Khan tried to nudge the toddler away, but when she didn’t budge, the dog lifted the toddler by her diaper and tossed her several feet behind him, just as the snake lunged and bit his paw—instead of her. After receiving antivenin, the dog made a full recovery and was hailed "Khan the Wonder Dog" by his owners.

Now, what do you suppose is the first thing Charlotte’s mom and dad talk about when people come over for coffee?

Psalm 107 is a study of rejoicing  in rescue. We read about the people of Israel going through the wilderness, hungry, thirsty, and hopeless until they cried to the LORD (Yah-weh: the self-Existent or Eternal one; Jewish national name for God) and He delivered them from their trouble. (Psalm 107:4-6).

There were those who were being held captive, miserable and in utter despair because they had turned their back on God.  Yet, He hadn’t turned His back on them. As a matter of fact, he used their time of trouble to humble their heart so that they’d come back to Him (Psalm 107:10-13).

We see people paying the penalty for their foolish and sinful choices. Their bodies racked with pain, their minds anguished in shame, so eaten up with the apparent irreparable damage they brought upon themselves that the very thought of food made them nauseous. “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble and He saved them from their distresses.” (Psalm 107:19).

All of these rescue stories were to be seen as real reasons to rejoice. Reasons to share what God had done in the lives of common people who simply and humbly come to Him for help when life seems hopeless.

The fact is that the most introverted among us don’t keep good news a secret. When we know, we say so.

So, say so!
Say So
by Israel Houghton