When you’ve got really great news to share, who do you tell?
Let the redeemed give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His unfailing love endures forever. —Psalm 107:1-3
In Christ Jesus we are redeemed from our empty way of life, our sins are forgiven and we are restored into a right relationship with God. As those redeemed, we are to proclaim His goodness. We are to Say SO! We are to share with others what the goodness of God has done for us and in us. Psalm 107 gives us a great example to follow. Today we will work through the Psalm in sections.
For each section of Scripture, complete the statements:
For He is!…
Let the redeemed of the Lord say SO! Did you see that God satisfies us, shatters our chains of bondage, send His Word and heals and stills the storms and brings us to safe refuge in His presence? And that is just a drop in the bucket!
What is your redemption story? Use the examples from Psalm 107 and the statements above to write your own Say SO! story.
One of the best ways we can Say SO! is by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Psalm 107 not only instructs us to tell our story, but to give thanks.
We are told throughout the New Testament that giving thanks should be a habit of one who follows Jesus. (Ephesians 5:4, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 2:7, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:1, 1 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Corinthians 4:15).
Take a look at the definition for give thanks/be thankful in the original language:
give thanks – eucharisteo – give thanks, grateful, mindful of favors, grateful; grateful language; (actively) language to God as an act of worship, giving of thanks.
Eucharisteo is in the present tense, imperative mood and active voice. So what does that really mean?
- present = continuous, repeated action
- imperative = command to do something
- active = YOU do it!
Is your day characterized more by “eucharisteo”, grateful language or grumbling language?
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:18
Remembering to Say SO! and cultivating an attitude of gratitude always takes my eyes off whatever is causing me to grumble, complain, be discontent, discouraged, disappointed or dissatisfied in my life and look to and praise my God, who is GOOD!
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is good and His goodness endures forever. Say SO today! Tell someone your redemption story.
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on and praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com