Has the Lord redeemed you?
Then speak out!
We don’t know who wrote Psalm 107 but those are the words of the second verse, right after…
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!Psalm 107:1
His faithful love endures forever.
If you have been forgiven. If you have been saved through Christ Jesus. If you have been the recipient of God’s mercy and grace. Speak out!
Tell your story.
But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?Romans 10:14
It’s funny. Okay, maybe not funny. Most of us just want to tell the pretty positive pieces of our stories. However, there are times when it’s necessary for us to tell the difficult parts so that we can truly shine the light of our God’s goodness and grace.
If we want to tell about the way He has rescued us from our wilderness wanderings . . . we have to admit we were wandering in the wilderness.
Some wandered in the wilderness lost and homeless.Psalm 107:4, 6
“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and He rescued them from their distress.
If we want to share how He has saved us from the darkness of depression and misery . . . we have to be honest about our troubled hearts and God’s power to bring peace.
Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,Psalm 107:10, 14
imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;
He snapped their chains.
If we someone to know how God can save them from the power of sin . . . we have to talk about God’s power to turn around a life headed in the wrong direction. A life like ours.
Some were fools; they rebelledPsalm 107:17, 20
and suffered for their sins.
He sent out His word and healed them,
snatching them from the door of death.
If we want people to know about His ability to provide, guide, calm, etc. . . . we have to tell our personal stories and proclaim His love and glorious acts of goodness and mercy.
Let them praise the Lord for His great lovePsalm 107:31–32
and for the wonderful things He has done for them.
Let them exalt Him publicly before the congregation
and before the leaders of the nation.
We each have a unique story to tell. My story might touch the hearts of some while yours will leave an imprint on others.
So, let’s go back to where we started…
Has the Lord redeemed you?Psalm 107:2
Then speak out!
A Prayer for Strength to Speak Out for God’s Glory
Father God, thank you for redeeming me. Thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice of love. He gave Himself that I might be forgiven and free from the power of sin and death. By Your grace, You heard my cry and pulled me out of the pit of despair. You planted my feet on Jesus the solid rock. You have given me a reason to worship and praise You every day of my life.
You inspired David to write, “Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3) I want that, Lord. I want people to see You in me. I want them to know my story and want what I have. I want them to hear my story and realize that You not only have the power but that You are the power to save eternally.
Please help me tell my story for Your glory. I don’t want anyone to see it as something I’ve done. I want my story to be less about me and all about You. I want to proclaim with John the Baptist, “[Jesus] must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30)
May this be my prayer…
Let [me] praise the Lord for His great love
and for the wonderful things He has done for [me].
Let [me] exalt Him publicly before the congregation
and before the leaders of the nation. (Psalm 107:31–32)
Let me praise You with all that I am now and forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
But respect Christ as the holy Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have, but answer in a gentle way and with respect.1 Peter 3:15–16a
Let’s tell our redemption stories! Let’s speak out!
I’ve shared often that I was raised in the church. I’ve believed in Jesus for as long as I can remember. But oh my, did He have a work to do in me. You see . . . I believed in Him as my eternal Savior but I didn’t trust Him as the daily Lord of my life.
And because His love is so great, He allowed me to go through several situations where I either had to trust Him moment by moment or give up! Praise God! He worked in me and taught me that He is greater than whatever is going on in my life and that when I SEEK Him above everything else in life He will give me everything I need to live with faith, hope, and love one day at a time.
That’s my prayer for you…
May you SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE the One who is greater than your circumstances. May He help you KNOW and TRUST His power to save and help you share your testimony for His glory.
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