A Season of Psalms - Psalm 66:16-20
“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Do you like redemption stories? I recently read an article on former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner who started only one season at quarterback in college and went undrafted in the NFL. After a few disappointing tryouts and a short-lived Arena Football League career, he returned home to stock shelves in his local grocery store. He didn’t give up on his NFL dream, though. A strong Christian, he prayed for another chance, and in 1998 he was signed by the St. Louis Rams to be their backup quarterback. An injury to the starting QB in the preseason led to Warner being named the starter, and he led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory that year, earning NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP honors along the way. He now works as an analyst and uses his platform to tell others of the glorious story of God’s redeeming grace.
Each of us has a story to tell of God’s great redemption. The psalmist says, “Let me tell you what God has done for me! He heard my crying out, my pleading prayers. And He heard me! He accepted my prayer and He never withheld His love from me!” God has done great things among His people, not only for us, but in us. Ephesians 2 says that we lived among the disobedient in the world, gratifying the cravings of our flesh. “But God…” In the riches of His mercy, He saved us by grace through faith in Jesus. The story of our unfaithfulness has been forever wiped away by the precious blood of the Lamb who gave Himself to us freely.
We’re redeemed! Do we love to proclaim it? Is His love the theme of your song? We have a marvelous story to tell, a story of truth, mercy, peace, and light. With Christ in us, our hope of glory, what will your story be? To whom can you tell the good news of Christ’s love today?
Further Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22; Romans 5:1-11
Lord Jesus, we thank You for giving Your life for us. In You, we are complete, set free from our sinful nature, and heirs of every spiritual blessing. Draw us ever closer to You, never let us go. We want to be where You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.