O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
These words have always captivated me. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”
I once heard a church planner ask, “Are you keeping your church a secret?” More churches do this than we imagine. Having been saved. Having at the core a great love for one another. Having a variety of gifts. No one would ever know! Why? Because the redeemed of the Lord do not say so.
Who are we? We are people bought and paid for. And here you have been thinking all along that you are free. You are not. You had a priced tag on you and someone wanted you enough that he paid the price for you. His name is God.
The Psalm begins saying, “O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” If there is one thing you can count on in life it is God’s steadfast love. Everything around you may be falling down, it may all be collapsing, but you are safe and secure.
Read the Psalm. It enumerates human distress. Some are sick, some are perishing in sin, some are facing drought, some are in peril at sea, some are sorrowing, some are despondent, some are afraid, some are diminished and brought low (people struggling through a pandemic for example?). God saves them all.
God asks, “How much?” He is told the price, he reaches for his wallet and pulls out his Master’s Card (get it?) and pays whatever the price. He has to have you. He buys you. He owns you. If you want to see the bill of sale, it is a cross.
What should we do? “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” Here is one way to say it, “What is my only comfort in life and in death? A. That I with body and soul,1 both in life and death, am not my own,2 but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;3 who, with His precious blood,4 hath fully satisfied for all my sins,5 and delivered me from all the power of the devil;6 and so preserves me7 that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;8 yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation,9 and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,10 and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.11 (PRCA version).
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! We belong to him!