“The LORD redeemeth the soul of His servants:
and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.”(Psalm 34:22)
I’ve been thinking a lot about the first part of Psalm 34:22, “The LORD redeems the life of His servants.” That word “redeem” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? But, what does it mean exactly?
Redeem means to win or buy back; to free from what distresses or harms; to free from captivity by payment of ransom. Looking at this verse through the lens of Calvary,
it’s easy to understand what Christ did for us on the cross. He shed his blood as payment, took our sin upon Himself, and died so that we may have life. He freed our souls from the bondage of sin.
But, when looking at this verse through the lens of our everyday lives, we also understand that Christ will help us through our problems, stress, and mistakes. When life keeps dealing out low blow after low blow, we can have assurance that Christ will be right there in the ring, taking the hits alongside us.
“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of
all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of
them all.” (Psalm 34:17-19)
Things that we do not understand will happen in our lives, leaving us with confusion, uncertainty, and fear. What do you fear? Being alone? Unforgiven? Unaccepted? Unsuccessful? No mater what it is that causes you to doubt and take your eyes off God, it is not big enough to make God take His eyes off you. Pastor Max Lucado encourages us to, “Trust more in God’s hold on you than your hold on Him.”
Sometimes we feel like we have to be in control of a situation and if we’re not, we’re weak. But, God is our strength. When things get overwhelming, we need to learn how to let Him redeem us. St. Augustine says, “No man should rest his hopes in himself, nor one man in another, but all who are God’s should cast their hopes on Him.” Hope in God and let Him redeem you!
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me
from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall
never be ashamed.” (Psalm 34:4-5)
“In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” (1 Peter 5:10)