Say Something! – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Say Something!

Psalms 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Intro: We live in the most intimidated, most fearful, most non-confrontational generation of Christianity in history.

The only thing more appalling to me than the fearlessness of the wicked is the fear of the believers.

Looking at our text, let’s notice by way of introduction:

               A. The Command – “Let…”

When we use the word “let”, it usually means permission has been granted.

Examples: I let my children stay up until 10 PM. I let my husband go hunting.

But when God says “let,” it’s not a suggestion or permission.

It is a command.

NOTICE: Genesis 1 records God saying “let” no less than 14 times.

The world was created, and the universe came into existence when God said, “Let…”

Not once was it permission. It was a command.

In the book of Acts, New Testament Christianity was earmarked with an irresistible impulse to SAY SOMETHING.

Over and over again the book of Acts, the apostles and the early church was persecuted for saying something.

They had been commissioned by God to go and preach, teach, witness, and that’s what they did!

Acts 4

  • 17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
  • 18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
  • 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
  • 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Acts 5

  • 28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
  • 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Acts 5

  • 40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten [them], they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
  • 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
  • 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

It wasn’t just the New Testament apostles and Christians that said something.

The greatest characters in the O.T. were characterized by their inability to stay quiet.

Old Testament Examples:

  • Enoch said something about the REPROBATES– Jude 14, 15

He prophesied judgment an ungodly generation that spoke against him with “hard speeches.”

  • Noah said something about the REJECTORS – 2 Peter 2:5
  • Joseph said something about the REPORT – Genesis 37:2
  • David said something about the REPROACH – 1 Samuel 17:26
  • Nehemiah said something about the RUIN – Nehemiah 2:3

               B. The Crowd – “…the redeemed of the Lord…”

  • Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

               C. The Courage – “…say so…”

If you are numbered with the redeemed, SAY SOMETHING!

God’s people have always been a vocal people.

They have always been known for saying something when no one else would.

Never have God’s people stood silently by.
Never have Christians bit their tongue.

God didn’t say let the redeemed of the Lord THINK SO.

God didn’t say let the redeemed of the Lord BELIEVE SO.

God didn’t say let the redeemed of the Lord FEEL SO.

God didn’t say let the redeemed of the Lord KNOW SO.

God didn’t say let the redeemed of the Lord ENJOY SO.

God said LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO!

This means He expects us to SAY SOMETHING!

I. Say Something by Protesting

This chapter is filled with the many unpleasant situations that the people of God found themselves in.

The trials, the afflictions, the horrible situations that the redeemed found themselves in are numerous.

However, they didn’t enjoy it.

They didn’t want it.

There came a point in time when they lifted up their voices and protested the TROUBLE they were in.

There are some situations that REDEEMED PEOPLE don’t enjoy!

Here is a partial list of the situation that the people of God PROTESTED.

They lifted up their voices…

  • Vs. 5 – because of the FAMINE (hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted)

They were hungry and thirsty because there was a shortage of food and water.

Their souls fainted in them.

  • Vs. 10 – 12 – because of the FEEBLENESS (bound in affliction and iron)

They were sitting in darkness.

They sat in the shadow of death.

They were prisoners of affliction.

God had brought down their hearts with labor, and they had fallen down.

They were along, forsaken, outnumbered, helpless.

And they said something.

  • Vs. 17, 18 – because of their FOOLISHNESS (fools because of their transgression)

They were foolish because of the transgression and their iniquities.

And because of their foolish ways, they were afflicted by God.

They were incapable of being satisfied.

They drew near to death; they were confronted with the stench and atmosphere of death.

And they said something.

  • Vs. 25-27 – because of their FEAR (soul is melted)

The storms and the wind caused their soul to melt.

They staggered like a drunk man, and were at their wit’s end.

What am I saying?

When their life got difficult, they got miserable.

When God judged them, they responded.

When the affliction came, they got broken.

When trouble came – they said something!

HOWEVER, we have a group of Christians today that seem to be unmoved by God’s judgment.

They are unaffected by the famine. They are content to go to bed hungry.

They deny being feeble and helpless. They are self-sufficient and self-reliant.

They refuse to acknowledge their foolish ways.

They are undisturbed by the storms.

Their testimony is “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…”

If you are OK with the world today, you may not be saved!

II. Say Something by Praying – vs. 6, 13, 19, 28,

Every single time they turned to God in prayer, HE DELIVERED THEM.

Without fail.

God is a prayer answering God.

But God cannot and will not answer prayers that are never prayed.

God’s people have always been praying people

Are you praying yet?

III. Say Something by Praising – vs. 1, 8, 15, 21, 22, 31, 32

  • Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

In Luke 19, the disciples praised the Lord.

When commanded to stop, Jesus had this to say:

  • 37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
  • 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
  • 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
  • 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.