My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you, I, whom you have redeemed.
My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.
Ps 71: 23,24
Redemption is something that Jesus Christ planned for us even before he created man. He is a God who knows everything even before they could possibly happen. The sacrifice of his son Jesus was to be. Whether we believe it or not, whether we take it or not, the redemption is there for each and every person. Those who believe, are redeemed and they shout for joy as this psalmist. The happiness of being redeemed is not something like winning a race, it is much more than that. It is the victory over sin, sickness, poverty etc.. it is a shout of victory over Satan.
There is a story about A.J. Gordon, pastor of a church in Boston. Once he saw a boy carrying a rusty cage in which several birds fluttered nervously. Gordon inquired, "Son, where did you get those birds?"
The boy replied, "I trapped them out in the field." "What are you going to do with them?" "I'm going to play with them, and then I guess I'll just feed them to an old cat we have at home." When Gordon offered to buy them, the lad exclaimed, "Mister, you don't want them, they're just little old wild birds and can't sing very well." Gordon replied, "I'll give you $2 for the cage and the birds." "Okay, it's a deal, but you're making a bad bargain." The exchange was made and the boy went away. Gordon walked around to the back of the church property, opened the door of the small wire coop, and let the struggling creatures soar into the blue. The next Sunday he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermon about Christ's coming to seek and to save the lost -- paying for them with His own precious blood.
When we are neck deep in sin and troubles pull us down and there is no way of release from the situation, there comes the hand of Jesus to pull us out of it all. We can go on and on about how we were redeemed from each trouble. To tell about the righteous acts of our God one day will not suffice. All who turned against us will not stand before now because God is fighting for us. They will be turned to dust. If God is for us who can be against us the word says.
We speak so many vile things with this tongue of ours when we should be speaking the redemption Jesus has given us and of all the righteous acts he has done. Let's not take the redemption for granted. We have been redeemed with a high price, with the most valuable blood of Jesus. It is important that we stay redeemed. Redeemed! Redeemed! Redeemed! is the shout of joy!!
By Carolyn Thomas