God calls us to tell our stories in Psalm 107. Verses 1-2 say, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story. Those redeemed from the hand of the foe.” The Psalm goes on to tell some stories. See if you can resonate with some of the themes. Some may even be themes that are part of your story.
- Some wandered in desert wastelands – They called to the LORD, He led them by a straight way to place where they could settle.
- Some sat in darkness, were prisoners because they rebelled against God. They called to the Lord and He brought them out of darkness and broke away their chains.
- Some were fools – They cried out to the LORD, He sent out His word and healed them.
- Some went out to sea and were caught in a tempest that lifted high waves – They cried to the LORD, He stilled the storm to a whisper
- Some were thirsty and hungry – They cried out to the LORD, He lifted the needy out of their affliction.
We all have stories to tell of times when we called out to the LORD and He heard our cry and rescued us. Those stories draw us together and give Him glory.
“Let us give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.” Ps. 107:21
There is a moment that comes towards the end of the story in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Frodo’s strength is waning, his hope is gone, and darkness seems about to prevail. The words Sam speaks to him in that moment always stir my heart.
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something. Even if you were to young to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something… that there is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”
We have a Savior to hold onto, one whom the darkness can never overwhelm. And He has given us stories to tell. It is right there in Psalm 107, verse 2, “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story – those redeemed from the hand of the foe.” I believe that one of the ways we stand firm, one of the ways that we affirm the truth is by telling the stories God gives us. My dear friends, do not turn back, keep going, tell your story, the story that God has given you.
This devotional was presented at the October 2020 NCWA monthly meeting
Liz Holtzman is an educator, intercessor, and author. Her passion is to see students become all God intends, rooted and established in Christ. This desire guides her service as leader of several weekly prayer groups, mentor of a sixth-grade prayer committee, classroom assistant, and substitute teacher at a classical Christian school. Liz and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest and have two adult children. She is the author of Proven Character: Praying for Our Children.