Psalm 107:2 Tell Your Story

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Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, Psalm 107:2 

From ancient times to this day people love to hear stories. They want to hear stories that are real and stories that are not real. These stories can be filled with adventure, love, hate, war, and peace, people love them.

Stories help one person to relate to another. It helps them get a different focus on things in their life. Most stories have some type of moral to them or lesson to be taught.

Recently it is common to hear of people coming out and telling their story of bad things that has occurred in their life at some point. After years of silence they want their story to be heard. Good things are told quickly, while bad things sometimes are hidden for a time.

The author of this psalm encourages those who are redeemed to tell their story. The story is one about how God had redeemed them. Specifically it is about how the Israelites were redeemed from the enemy and released from bondage.

Every believer has been redeemed from the enemy. The enemy is bondage to Satan, sin and death. A person was bound to sin and death and was unable to break free without the work of Jesus Christ.

Being redeemed from death and given eternal life is the greatest story that anyone could ever have to tell. This is a story of war, battle, love, hate, treachery, betrayal, honor, glory, and victory. The greatest thing about this story is that it is truth. And every person has a different story of redemption to tell.

This telling of a person’s personal story is being a witness. It is telling others what Jesus Christ has done and can do for them.

Just like all the people in the bible, you have a story to tell. You had a time you were held in bondage to sin and death. At some point you had chosen to follow and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is where Jesus redeemed you and bought you back for God.

You have been blessed with forgiveness and eternal life.

There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. They need the encouragement that they can have life and a release from bondage.

Be willing to go out and share your story. Tell others of what God has done for you. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others of what God has done for you; that you will share your testimony to every one you meet; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this world. 

Psalm 98:1 Singing A New Song

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Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1

There is found a new excitement in life when a person survives a near death experience. When a person is in an automobile accident and by all normal means should have died, but did not, he is excited and full of joy. He will burst into song about how glad he is that he did not die.

That is a joy that bubbles up from the inside and pours out. It is a joy that cannot be contained or kept quiet.

Most people, however, do not experience something like this. They just keep going through life day to day with nothing major happening. If anything, they are dreading each day and depressed. They do not see anything to sing about.

The author tells the people to sing a new song because of what God has done. God had worked out salvation for the people.

God had made a way to save a person from His sins by sending Jesus to die on the cross. With His death and resurrection, Jesus was able to destroy sin and provide life, eternal life. A person can be saved from sin and death.

This is something that a person can get excited about and sing for joy. It gives a person a new song in his life, one that will not end. It is no longer dependent upon things going well, because this is the best and is eternal. No one can take away the salvation that Jesus has provided.

Instead of going through life with dread, fear or depression, one can go with a song of joy. This is a new song in life, one that the world does not know or understand.

If you know Jesus as your Savior, think about what He has done for you. You were on a path to death. You had a death sentence upon your head, with no hope of missing it.

Now you have life for eternity. You have been forgiven of sins done wrong. You have been given a new lease on life, a reason to live. Sing for joy.

Burst out in song letting the world know what God has done for you. Let the world know the power God has for them.

This is the new song you can sing, regardless of what is happening in and around you in this world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will know the joy of walking with God; that God will put a new song in your heart; and that you will let the world know about what Jesus has done. 

Psalm 96:2 Sing And Tell

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Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Psalm 96:2 

Music is one thing that people love all around the world. People love to sing to songs. They style of songs and the words change, but the singing is still the same.

Singing a song is what brings out what is inside the heart.

Along with singing, people love to talk about what is happening. Look at how many different news channels there are available. Along with the news channels, there are radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and online sites to provide news.

The world understands the power of music and news. It is often used to change a mindset or to remind people of something. It can sway the thinking of people very easily, because it gets into the heart and mind of a person.

In this psalm the writer urges the people to sing praises to God and to proclaim His salvation. This is to be done day after day, never ending.

God is worthy of all praise, because it was He who made everything. It is God who gives every person life. It is God who gives purpose to life here on this earth.

Believers need to sing praises of His name in this world. In this process of singing, they will make a proclamation out loud for all to hear. This proclamation is about the salvation that God provides.

Believers have a relationship and a future with God, something that the world does not have. The world needs to know about this.

There is no news that is greater than a life being saved, especially when it is a life being saved for all eternity. That is ground-breaking, earth shattering news that the world needs to hear every day.

If you are a believer in Jesus and have been saved, you have something to praise God for. You also have a message to tell the world. The world needs to hear about what has happened in your life, how God has changed you.

Allow the joy of what God has done in you and for you to bubble up out of your heart through your voice. Sing praises daily to God for what He has done, then make a public proclamation about it. Do not hide it and be ashamed, but be glad and share it.

The world needs what you have. Will you let them know?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will sing praises to God all the time; that you will tell the world about the salvation He provides; and that the world will know of Jesus through you. 

Psalm 71:14 Praise With Hope

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As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 

Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.

These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.

The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.

The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.

Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.

If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.

However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.

God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.

Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.

Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.

God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.

Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.

 

Psalm 70:4 Rejoicing While Waiting

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But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” Psalm 70:4 

Waiting is something that most people do not like to do. Things cannot move fast enough for many people. They want things to be done quickly on their own time frame.

It does not matter how fast something is, it can be faster, or rather, it must be faster. The cashier is too slow, the computer is too slow, the traffic is too slow and much more. People are always complaining about how long something takes.

The level of complaint increases when what is slow is the provision of help in a time of need. During a crisis, nothing can move fast enough. Then people just complain.

David knew that there were people who were in need of God’s help and were waiting for His help in their lives. He encourages all that are waiting for God’s help to praise Him and remember that He is great.

While the world is waiting on physical things in this world, believers are also waiting on God. They are waiting on God to answer their many prayers. Some of those prayers are for desperate measures. Life is difficult and without God’s intervention it will be even worse.

Yet, as they pray, God does not seem to hear or do anything about the situation. Many believers then begin to complain, just as the world does. They get angry with God for not meeting their need, in their time.

The focus needs to shift and remember that God is GREAT. He knows the perfect time and the perfect action to deal with the situation in the believer’s life. One needs to wait for His provision, His salvation to arrive. While waiting one can praise God for who He is.

You are probably waiting for God to answer some prayers of your right now that you have been seeking an answer to for some time. Do not give up on those prayers. Continue to believe God will answer those prayer needs.

As you are praying and waiting, rejoice that God hears you. Praise God for all the prayers He has already answered in your life. Don’t lose hope in God and the salvation that He has promised, it will come at the right time.

Don’t forget that God is GREAT, even while you are waiting in desperation for an answer from Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s hand of provision; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will rejoice in what God has already done for you; and that you will praise God while waiting for His answers.