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With New Testament Eyes: 64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

By Henry Mahan

      Psalm 107

      The theme of this Psalm is thanksgiving and praise to the Lord for his goodness and his wonderful works of redemption and deliverance to the children of men (vv. 1, 8, 15, 21, 31).

      Men in general do not see nor own the goodness of the Lord to sinful men, but the 'redeemed of the Lord' rejoice in his mercy and they say so! (vv. 1-2.) They have actually experienced, under Holy Spirit conviction, all that is written in this Psalm and rejoice in his special grace and mercy in delivering them (Psalm 103:1-5).

      This Psalm is a vivid picture of the sinner's bondage, his troubles and sorrows in sin, his inability to find a wav out, his cry unto the Lord for mercy, and God's sovereign mercy to the sinner in Christ. Each section ends with, 'He saved them out of their distresses.'

      The last verse reveals the importance of the Psalm, 'Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord' (v. 43; 1 John 5:20.)

      v. 1. 'The Lord is good.' His goodness and mercy are especially magnified in the unworthiness of their objects. His mercy is both forever and endures forever. His mercy to us in Christ preceded our call and cry and will endure despite our failures. He is good when he takes away as well as when he gives, when he wounds and when he heals, when he frowns and when he smiles. 'The Lord is good,' for there is none good but the Lord.

      v. 2. Particular redemption leads to special praise. Salvation is of the Lord from its origination to its consummation; and the redeemed of the Lord acknowledge that they are what they are by the grace of God!

      v. 3. We were in bondage to the law, captives of sin, under the curse, condemnation, and sentence of divine justice; and he, by his obedience and death, redeemed us (1 Peter 1:18-21). A full atonement has been made, the price is paid, and there is no charge nor condemnation that can be laid to us (Rom. 8:31-34).

      He has gathered in Christ all whom he purposed to save and all whom he purchased by his blood from every nation under heaven (Rev. 5:9; Eph. 1:10-12).

      vv. 4-9. Here is our fall and the lost state of men by nature: our misery and inability to find any peace or rest. We are brought to a right sense of our condition and cry to the Lord Jesus for deliverance. He hears us and delivers us out of all our distresses.

      We wander 'in the wilderness,' lost in sin; lonely, for like sheep, we have gone astray to our own way (Isa. 53:6). We 'find no place to dwell,' for there is none! God only is our dwellingplace. 'Hungry and thirsty;' this is Holy Spirit conviction, for God must make us willing in the day of his power (Psalm 110:3).

      Holy Spirit conviction of sin leads to spiritual hunger and thirst, which can only find its satisfaction in Christ, 'Their soul fainted in them;' there is no one to help. Like the woman with the issue of blood, we can find no help on this earth.

      'Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble.' Not until a man really becomes lost, not until he thirsts for forgiveness and realizes that no one but God can deliver him from this lost, helpless condition will he cry unto the Lord Jesus. Peter cried, 'Lord, save me or perish.' The helpless leper (Matt. 8:1-3) cried, 'Lord, if you will you can make me clean.' The THIEF ON THE CROSS acknowledged his sin, his just condemnation, and cried for mercy.

      'He delivered them out of their distresses.' Do you see why they give thanks? Do you see why they praise him? Do you see why they cry, 'Unto him who hath loved us and washed us from sin, unto him be the glory forever, amen'?

      He delivered us out of our trouble and distresses, and also 'He led them forth by the right way.' This is the way of righteousness in Christ Jesus (Psalm 23:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 10:1-4). He has made us righteous, holy, and unblamable that we might 'go to a city of habitation'--his presence, his glory, his heaven! Abraham looked for that city (Heb. 11:10).

      'O that men would praise the Lord,' give him the glory, own and declare that the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord (2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5-6).

      'He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.' Our Lord saves us out of our sin, and he gives us a righteousness which assures us of eternal glory: but he also, here and now, satisfies our souls with his presence, peace, rest, and joy. His daily grace is sufficient and his presence a delight.

      Our ultimate satisfaction will be to awake in his likeness (Isa. 26:3-4; Phil. 4:6-7; Psalm 17:15).

      vv. 10-16, 17-21, 23-31. All these illustrations and pictures tell the story of God's sovereign grace to sinners in Christ. Holy Spirit conviction of sin leads to a realization of our state of misery and condemnation. In the light of God's holiness and God's word, we see our inability and the impossibility of human help, which causes us to cry in our troubles unto him 'who is able to save to the uttermost' (Heb. 7:25). He is not only willing but ABLE to save, for he has somewhat to offer (Heb. 8:1-3).

      v. 32. Those who know who he is, what he has done, and where our great Lord is now will certainly exalt him, magnify his name, and give him all glory in the congregation.

      vv. 33-41. God is the first cause of all things (1 Sam. 2:3-10; Job 1:21). Especially in redemption will God glorify his grace by humbling the proud and exalting the humble (James 4:6). 'He turns the rivers of the proud into a wilderness and the wilderness of the humble into standing water.'

      v. 42. The righteous know this and rejoice; all others shall stop their mouths.

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant


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