Let the redeemed of the Lord say so (Psalm 107:2)

Who should say so?
Only the redeemed

Who are the redeemed? Only the blood-bought child of God. In confirmation of this: We have the witness of John: “You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)

What are the Redeemed to say?
Tell of the goodness, mercy and grace of God; that He saved you and that He will save anyone who comes to Him through Christ. The Gadarene demoniac is a great example of the saving grace and power of our Lord Jesus. When Jesus cast out the demons from the man he wanted to become a disciple of Christ but Jesus had another ministry in mind for this redeemed individual. The record of this is found in Mark 5:18-19.

“And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” Mark 5:18-19 (NKJV)

Where should the Redeemed say it?
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them.” Mark 16:15, 20

10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons— (The next verse tells us the reason they sat in the darkness and in the shadow of death)
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,

He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:20)
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! (Matthew 8:8,10)
The primary agent of healing and deliverance is the Word of God.
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing. (Psalm 107:22)

The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving
Why is it called a sacrifice of Thanksgiving?
A sacrifice involved blood. In the New Testament we don’t offer animals and blood. However, when things are not going so well in our lives, we offer to God thanksgiving which literally makes us bleed on the inside. Hence it is called a sacrifice of thanksgiving. The sacrifice is none other than you.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. I understand that our inner peace of mind is connected to our practice of thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:15 teaches us to let the peace of God rule in your hearts and be ye thankful. We cannot have this peace apart from a thankful heart. If we gripe and complain; if we always see our needs and ignore our blessings; then, we cannot have the peace of God. We will be troubled and continually distressed. To have peace, you and I must be thankful to the Lord.

The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day it is offered. He shall not leave any of it until morning (Leviticus 7:15)

The flesh of the animal offered with the thanksgiving sacrifice was to be eaten (v.15). Some sacrifices were to be burnt as wholly given to God. But this sacrifice was to be eaten. In addition, the peace offering seems to be the only sacrifice that was eaten, not only by the priests who offered it, but also by the Israelites who brought the sacrifice. It had the consequence of bringing priest, people and God all together for a meal of blessed fellowship. In like manner, thanksgiving brings God’s people closer to each other and closer to their God.

The psalmist declares, I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people (Psalm 35:18). Thanksgiving draws us into closer communion with God and with God’s people.

The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day it is offered. He shall not leave any of it until morning (Leviticus 7:15)

The sacrifice had to be eaten the same day it was offered. Nothing was to be left until the morning (v.15). This shows us that yesterday’s thankful heart will not suffice for today. Each day must have its own expression of thanksgiving or the day’s opportunity will be lost forever. We must be thankful while it is today. Yesterday is gone and we have no promise of tomorrow. Will you be thankful this day for the goodness of God in your life?

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23 NIV)

we need to do more than just offer thanksgiving to God. We need to do some thanks-living for God.
How do we do that? The psalmist offers us a good first step:

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:21-22, italics mine).

What are the “sacrifices of thanksgiving” we should offer to God? In God’s Word there are five spiritual sacrifices you can offer all this month and the rest of your life as unto the Lord. You might want to make a little checklist, put it in your Bible, and ask, “Am I continually offering to the Lord the sacrifices of Thanksgiving?”

Here are five possible ways you can do this.
The Sacrifice of Your Person – Romans 12:1-2
Why should I give my body to Him? Because He gave His body for me. How small is my sacrifice when His was so great! We are to die to all our ways and offer every part of ourselves to Him.

There are three ways to present yourself as a living sacrifice to the Lord.

  1.  The first thing is to voluntarily present yourself.
  2.  Secondly, you must sacrifice yourself completely.
  3.  Thirdly, you must sacrifice yourself committedly—no jumping off the altar.

When the priests sacrificed animals to God in the Old Testament, they bound the animal to the altar with two flesh hooks because the freshly slaughtered meat would tend to slide off. And there are two flesh hooks that will keep us bound to the altar – devotion and discipline. Our love for Jesus and commitment to keep ourselves holy unto Him will keep us on the altar.

Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. (Psalm 118:27)
In the Old testament the sacrifice was tied to the altar to keep it from running away from the altar.

In the New Testament our Lord Jesus offered Himself on the cross. “It was not the nails that held Him there, but pure love for you and me”. The cords that tied Him to the cross was just pure love and obedience to His father that made Him responsible towards the fulfillment of His purpose.

Our love for Jesus and obedience to His Word must keep ourselves holy unto Him will keep us on the altar.

The Sacrifice of Your Praise – Hebrews 13:15
“I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” — Psalm 34:1 We are to offer praise continually. Praise to God doesn’t commence at a worship service in a church building; instead it continues there.

Each day we should live in a continual attitude of praise. The reason some of us do such a poor job of praising God corporately is that we have not been praising Him privately. Nobody ought to have to beg us to sing praises to the King of kings.

Psalm 119:108 says, “Accept, I beseech Thee, the free will offerings of my mouth.” Oh, that God would help us offer to Him the sacrifice of praise.

The Sacrifice of Your Prayer – Psalm 141:2
Throughout the Old Testament, we learn that the smoke coming from sacrifices was a “sweet savour unto the Lord.” These aromas emanated from a great altar of brass in the outer court of the Old Testament tabernacle.

Upon that altar burned a fire kindled from heaven which was a picture of the holy wrath of God against sin. The animals burned upon that altar were a prophetic picture of Jesus’ sacrificial death for our sins.

The deepest longings of our hearts are met in the Holy of holies with our Lord. But to enjoy this sweet communion we must first come to the brazen altar of sacrifice, then to the golden altar of prayer—prayer based on the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ.

The Sacrifice of Your Possessions – Hebrews 3:16
“But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”—Hebrews 13:16 To communicate is more than just talking; it means giving back to God as a spiritual sacrifice the material possessions He has given us. Does your giving show what you think of God? Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.” God doesn’t want “a place” in your life. He doesn’t even want to be “a priority.” The Creator of the universe is so far beyond that! God is outside and above both these realms. God demands preeminence.

The Sacrifice of Your Purity – Psalm 51:17
The Bible tells us over and over in the book of Romans that it is the goodness of God which leads us to repentance, not the badness of man. Oh, how we ought to bow down before our great God and say, “Oh God, in brokenness and humility, I offer tears of repentance and a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Lord, I confess every sin that has stained my purity. Wash me in Your blood.”
Will you sacrifice everything to Him today? Your Person? Praises? Prayers? Possessions? Purity? It’s really very simple. Every sacrifice you offer is simply giving back to God what He has already done for you. We give to Him because He first gave unto us.

He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. (Psalm 107:29)
Everything that Jesus did was a fulfillment of the Word

You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them. (Psalm 89:9)

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:26-27)

When they are diminished and brought low Through oppression, affliction and sorrow, (Psalm 107:39)

  1. Oppression
  2. Affliction
  3. Sorrow

These are the things that bring a person, a family, a community or an organization down
Prayer: Every power of Oppression, Affliction and Sorrow against me and my family; I bind you and break your power in the name of Jesus.

……And makes their families like a flock (Psalm 107:41)
Prayer: Make my family like a flock. Make the Karuna Sadan Ministry like a flock.

…And all iniquity stops its mouth (Psalm 107:42)
Prayer: Every mouth of Iniquity against me, my family and ministry be silenced in the name of Jesus.

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