Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
This psalm move from our own experiences to that of the communities to where we live. After David proclaimed his own hope, he exhorts the community of Israel to hope in the Lord.
I believe it’s time for us to do the same in our present day communities. God is not only capable of delivering individuals, He also delivers us the community of believers who hope in Him.
He shall redeem: In the Old Testament, the redemption of God’s people refers to God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt and from all other national foes. As well as God’s forgiveness of sins through the sacrificial system. The final redemption of all God’s people came only in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Apostle Paul knew that many readers would perceive that they were actually under “the curse of the law” (read Gal. 3:10 and Deuteronomy 27:27). For those readers and you and I, also, it is comforting to know that Christ became that curse “for us” on the Cross (read Deuteronomy 21:23).
Hope, Mercy, and Redemption…are there more powerful words that can be spoken?
1. In today’s society, hope has come to mean wishful thinking or some fondly-held longing. This is not the hope we have in Christ. Our hope in Jesus is a confident expectation that He is exactly who He said, He is and He will do exactly as He promised.
2. Mercy has come to be understood as some warm fuzzy emotion that leads to kindness. The mercy of God is much, much more. It is an expression of His compassionate limitless love. His love reaches out endlessly to the helpless, the lost, and the undeserving you and I.
3. Redemption is nearly an alien word today in our society, culture, etc. In Old Testament days, a male relative was required by the Law of Moses to rescue any of his family in need. A “kinsman redeemer” was a deliver and liberator of those trapped in desperation.
Friends, Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer. As our elder Brother, He has delivered us, liberated us, and rescued us from the penalty of sin.