Psalm 107:1-7/ 33-37
2 Peter 2:1-3
Psalms 107:1-7 “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” Starting this psalm the author is asking anyone who has been a recipient of any acts of righteousness, any saving acts of Jehovah, to stand up and say so. Any one who has been a receiver of the Grace of God should be willing to acknowledge that Grace. Do you not see and understand His guiding hand, how you had wandered in the wilderness, there was no goal in your life, everything was aimless. Yet when Jehovah bought you back from the evil, misguided ways of those who sold you a false hope, that you did not need Jehovah, that His ways were demanding and oppressive, He in fact led you straight way out of the wilderness to civilization, as it were.
Psalms 107:33-37 Jehovah in fact, changes a good productive land into a waste land when the people choose to follow evil men, and evil ways, over the peace and plenty of those who submit to Jehovah. And He can turn that same wasteland back to plenty when men repent. In short when we don’t acknowledge, testify openly of the goodness of God in our own lives, we open the door for deceivers to come in.
Joshua 2: 1-14 Israel was on the brink of entering into the promised land, and remember this is promised land. Joshua then, sent spies into the cities to spy. Two spies ended up in Jericho, and because there were no Holiday Inns, they were welcomed in by the prostitute, Rahab. In danger of being found out by the Jericho guards, she hid them, because of the word that was spread around about the might of Israels God, Jehovah. This is the God who had dried up the Red Sea when He brought them out of slavery to Egypt, and it was He who conquered the two kings of the Amorites, to Sihon and Og, who were utterly destroyed. Rahab believed the testimony of those who had heard of the exploits of Jehovah, and chose to side with Him.
2 Peter 2:1-3 Beware, even today there are liars, and cheaters, and deceivers, and false prophets who are among you, who appear true, but they twist the truth. Some are just ignorant of the truth, but some distort it deliberately. Some want your money, some want power over you, some go to great lengths to confuse you for their gain. Beware, don’t be ignorant, study the Word yourselves. Don’t be idle, or lazy, exchanging the truth for a lie, and if you can’t tell the difference, the blame lies at your door, for the scriptures are available to you, you have just ignored it, you were too busy perhaps to maintain your soul.
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” If you say, “I have nothing to testify about,” then look around you and see what God has done, His work is apparent everywhere. If you arise every morning, that is one thing you can give thanks for, thereby acknowledging the goodness of God. If you have a job, or a retirement, that is another thanksgiving. Every time we are caught listening to Christian radio, that is a testimony. Every time we passively quote a scripture in conversation, that is a testimony. Even saying something about going to church, is a witness to our innermost desires, character, and beliefs. A person can go on and on about how to testify, and many aids and seminars are taught on the subject, but there is no magic formula. Testimony comes from the heart, from truly believing like Rahab did, and people really do desire to know about the Love of God.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and every necessary thing for life will be given to you, and that’s enough to praise God for.