O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalms 107:1-2);
In verse one of Psalm 107, there are two important reasons that the Psalmist explains why we are to give thanks to the Lord. The first is to give thanks to the Lord because His word tells us that the Lord is good. A second reason why we give thanks to the Lord is that His mercy is not just for a moment but that it endures forever. It is because of these two reasons that the Psalmist goes into great detail on how the Lord not only extended His mercy to the Children of Israel, but He has extended His mercy to us as well. There are times in our lives when we allow sin to become blind spots in our relationship with the Lord. These blind spots can cause us to fall into disobedience to the will of God. These blind spots also cause us to forget about how good the Lord has been to us, especially in the midst of a dire situation. However, after suffering in our mess for a period of time and feeling like God is silent, we realize that we are wrong and we have to confess the error of our ways to Him. So we return giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness and mercy. We are thanking Him because He is our Redeemer, who has paid the price of our redemption. The price which the Lord has paid for has benefits that we must come to know and to learn to apply in our lives.
God is our Redeemer
According to Dictionary.com the word redeemed can mean to buy or pay off, clear by payment, or to buyback. Now when you study the word of God regarding the subject of redemption you will discover that the Lord is referred to as our Redeemer. In the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, God’s was known as the Redeemer of His people. The book of Isaiah in particular emphasizes that the Lord is the Redeemer of the Children of Israel thirteen times. In the book of Job, Job stated that “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25). In the book of Exodus, the Lord raised up Moses to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh and had them cross over the Red Sea. These historical events that happened were a symbolic representation which later on in the New Testament the Father would have His Son to lay down His life for you and me. Jesus became the one who paid the price of our salvation so that we would no longer belong to ourselves selves but belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20). As the redeemed of the Lord we have the responsibility to declare before the world that the Lord God is our Redeemer and He has paid the price of our redemption.
The Price of our Redemption
To have a proper understanding of why the price of our redemption is so important, we can read about what happened to the Prophet Jeremiah which can be found in the thirty-second chapter of Jeremiah. In the book of Jeremiah, the Prophet was imprisoned by King Zedekiah because he declared the judgment of God upon Israel. The people during that time persisted on turning their hearts from the one true God and please themselves by worshipping false gods and idols. The King felt that prophet had no right to speak a word of judgment upon his kingdom. As Jeremiah was locked up in prison, the word of the Lord came to Him that He would purchase his uncle’s son field with twenty pieces of silver. This word that the Lord had given Jeremiah while he was locked up in prison was that His people would one day soon return back to the promised land. The Lord let Jeremiah know that though the people were an exile their price of redemption would be satisfied.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land (Jeremiah 32:14-15).
Just as the Lord redeemed Israel and returned them back to their promised land, He has also redeemed us back to Himself through Christ being our Redeemer. The price of our redemption was not paid with twenty pieces of silver like the Prophet Jeremiah had to pay to purchase his nephew’s field. The Apostle Peter declared in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “that we were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but we were redeemed by the precious blood of Christ”. In Romans, the Apostle Paul told the believers in Rome “that the wages of sin was death but the gift of God is eternal life”. Our Redeemer which is Jesus became the one who would pay the price of our redemption and would make certain that it was eternally satisfied (Romans 6:23 and Hebrews 9:11-14).
The Benefits of our Redemption
As a result of our redemption being purchased by the blood of Jesus, there are we have gained more blessings and benefits than I can address in this writing but there are three that I believe that we can live by in our daily walk with the Lord; seeking God first for purpose and direction in life, crying out to the Lord in prayer to help us stop wandering through life, seeking deliverance from the bondage of sin and the storms of life. In Psalms 107 verses three through seven, the word of God tells that the people were scattered throughout the land, wandering in the wilderness and having no city dwell in. However, when the people of God cried out to the Lord in their trouble, He delivered them and placed them into their city of habitation. We as God’s people in the New Testament must also cry out to the Lord in prayer to help us stop wandering in life with no sense of direction and allow Him to reveal to us His divine purpose for in these end times (Psalms 107:3-7).
Also, when the people of God cried out in the midst of their struggles, the word of God tells us that He brought His people out of darkness and from being caught up in the bondage of the world. He also brought His people through storms of heavy waves which beat fiercely upon their ships and caused them to become so afraid that they might not make it to the other side. In Isaiah chapter forty-three and verse two, the Prophet declared to us that “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee”. Just as the Lord was faithful to His people in the Old Testament, He is still our Redeemer and will do the same for us when we called upon His great name.
Our Father desires to deliver us from the weight of sin that we have allowed to hinder us but we must first to confess our sins in genuine repentance. Our Father is not only able to deliver us from the storms of life with which we will be confronted, but He is able to bring us through the storms which in the end will help us to become more Christ like. As the redeemed of the Lord we have the responsibility to share our testimony on how we have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy and that Jesus has once and for all paid the price of our redemption. He will still the storms of your life to a whisper and the waves of confusion to a hush. He will guide you to your desired haven (Psalms 107:10-14 and 23-30).