Psalm 107:1-3 (NRSV) O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
By John Grimm
It is fascinating to hear the statement: “You are not from around here.”
My accent shows that I am not from around here. As we are preparing to live in the kingdom of God, then each redeemed person will know that we are not from around here! It will be a joy to tell the Lord how good he is when we are living fully in the kingdom of God.
In the meantime, we get to give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love. It is now, today, that we can say that the Lord has redeemed us from trouble. Was that trouble of our own making, an addiction or decision we made? Was that trouble of someone else’s making, an accident or a decision they made, and we allowed ourselves to sin in response to those circumstances? Through Jesus Christ, we discover that we are redeemed, brought out of trouble. We get to say that Jesus has redeemed us.
Even today, we can hear how the Lord has redeemed people from all over the world. It is a time of thanksgiving when we hear how God has redeemed people not from around here. No matter our accent, we can give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love redeeming us from trouble. Will we start saying that we are redeemed so people not from around here can know the goodness of the Lord?
Lord, thank you for being good. Your steadfast love endures forever. You are redeeming people from all over the world. Gather these redeemed people in our local churches so we can start living in your kingdom even now. Guide us in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.