Once upon a time, a psalm singer called upon his fellow citizens, “The Redeemed,” to join him in “Say So,” or in other words, proclaim the greatness of their Lord—The King.
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered from the hand of the adversary and gathered from the lands…” Psalm 107:2
The Redeemed were originally from the four regions of “Some.”
- “Some wandered in the wilderness in a solitary desert track; they found no city for habitation. Hungry and thirsty, they fainted; their lives were near to being extinguished.” (verses 4&5)
- “Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons, because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the most High.” (verses10&11)
- “Some are fools made ill because of their transgressions and are afflicted because of their iniquities. They loath every kind of food, and they draw near to the gates of death.” (verses 17&18)
- “Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep….He commands and raises up a stormy wind…their courage melts away because of their plight. They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits end—all their wisdom has come to nothing.” (verses 23-27)
Although their troubles were varied, each of “The Redeemed” had three things in common; they suffered a near death experience, they cried out to the King in their time of need, and they received a marvelous rescue by the King in which He reversed their circumstances.
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.” (Verses 6, 13, 19, 28)
It seems amazing that now, over 3000 years later, the psalm singer’s words are still able to relate and rally “The Redeemed” of today who continue to emigrate from the lands of Some.
After all, why shouldn’t we?
Any wise person will follow a King who delivers, gathers, leads, establishes, satisfies, fills, saves, breaks the bonds of darkness and death, heals, rescues, hushes storms, and brings haven, water, habitation, and production.
This King—the one who blesses and multiplies—deserves every lifelong expression of praise!
“Oh, that men would praise and confess to the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men.” (Verses 8, 15, 21, 31)
In the end, (which is only the beginning) the people of “Some,”—the abandoned, lonely, rebellious, imprisoned, sinful, and worldly inhabitants, were transformed into “The Redeemed” by The King’s power. They now live happily ever after as long as they remember where they came from, where they are going, and who their King is.
This is a true story. (Please read Psalm 107)
Oh, King, my King, thank you for gathering me from the lands of Some and transforming me into one of The Redeemed. Give me courage to tell the children of men the story of You and all Your goodness, loving-kindness, and wonderful works! Amen.