There is an old song we used to sing when I was a little girl in church. It’s called, “Let the Redeemed of the Lord say So.” It’s based off of Psalms 107:2. I love the New Living Translation of the verse which says, “Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.” In the Message it says “All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression.”
I really hadn’t thought of the song in decades and honestly the verse either. But a few weeks back, I had a dream. In my dream, I couldn’t see anything, but I kept hearing a choir of people say “Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so,” over and over and over. When I woke up, I was saying it out of my mouth. Ever have one of those dreams you just can’t stop thinking about? This was one of them.
As children of God, we have been rescued from the hands of the enemy and from our sin and we are commanded to talk about it. No matter what others may think or say, we have an overwhelming reason to declare the good works of the Lord. I saw one commentary on the verse that said, “the Redeemer is so glorious, the ransom price so immense, and the redemption so complete, that they are under sevenfold obligations to give thanks unto the Lord, and to exhort others to do so.”
I believe God was saying to go into this next year with a renewed heart of thanks and boldness to tell of all He has done. There is power in the message of our redemption.
In Isaiah 12 it says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done…Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
In this next year, can we take a bold position? Let’s tell others what the Lord has done for us. Unfiltered, unchanged and unwatered down. Let’s not allow the truth and power of our redemption story to be drowned out by the culture, by the political state, or by the people around us. Yes, it may be uncomfortable to tell people how God spoke to you in a dream or that he used a chance meeting with someone to bring you towards salvation…but our message of redemption can awaken the blind! God has revealed himself to each of us in different ways for a reason. Nothing He does is by accident and He wastes nothing! Your story may be just what God will use to bring another person to Himself.
We are commissioned to tell of his good works. So let’s speak up. Let’s speak loud and proud about what God has done for us. We are the redeemed! Let’s say so!
by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.