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June 6, 2013

“Oh thank God – he’s so good His love never runs out. All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression”.

My progress through the Psalms has slowed somewhat, but I’m still going.

Up to 108 now. Once I get past 119 I’m on the closing straight.

Hymn number 107 caught my attention this time.

It’s a bad thing to live in the past, but it’s in many ways a bad thing to forget where we’ve been. In this song a number of people are mentioned, all of whom had a past, but all of them were different.

There’s a first bunch of people who wandered in the desert, unable to find a home, starving thirsty and exhausted.

There’s a second bunch, who were locked behind bars, as punishment for their wrongs.

Thirdly, people who were sick, wishing they were dead.

Others were sailors caught in breath taking storms.

All different. But all the same.

For the writer repeats the refrain “then you called out to God” and “he got you out in the nick of time”. All these people had a past, but they had a testimony. God had rescued, and their lives were changed.

This is what God’s love is about and it leads to praise and thanksgiving.

You and I have a past. We’ve known sickness and storms, emptiness and imprisonment, but if we have seen God’s deliverance it is worth remembering and giving thanks.

So don’t dwell on the hurts of the past, but celebrate the fact that you called on God, and he answered, and rescued you.

 

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