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Praise God—He Redeems!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Psalm 103:1-2, 4

"Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. - - who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion."

It seems like a lifetime ago—as a matter of fact it almost was. It was back in 1952 that I went to a jewelry store and selected an engagement and wedding ring for the woman of my dreams. It was a small set with hearts on either side of a small diamond. The hearts were a symbol of our love for each other.

Back then (as now) I did not have much money. After I had selected the rings I put them on lay-a-way. For those of you who are rich and have never heard of the term lay-a-way, it is reserving the item and paying on it a little at a time until you have met the price. You may then REDEEM your item.

The Hebrew word for redeem as used in Psalm 103:4, is the word, ga'al. In addition to redeem something, it also means to ransom someone. Many of you may have read about modern day pirates taking over large vessels and holding the ship and personnel until their ransom demands have been met.

Any time hostages are held against their will they have no control of their life. From moment to moment they never know when they may be killed. The joy of being set free must be exhilarating.

Each and every one of us born into this world is held hostage to sin. We do not have to learn how to sin—it comes natural. It is the common characteristic of each and every human.

The blessed thing is that we have been redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus. He paid the price in order that those who are born again may be set free—REDEEMED! Are you happy about it? Do you take the time to praise the Lord for setting you free? That is one of the greatest things to praise the Lord for.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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