Tuesday, January 10, 2012

He Shall Redeem

 12For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
 13He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
 14He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 

 He Shall Redeem

The writer of Psalm 72 summed up the entire Word of God in just three words: He shall redeem. To what is the psalmist referring? First it seems as though he is just referring to the physical needs of the people:
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy . . .
However, the psalmist does not stop there, but continues:
. . . and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
Does this mean that all Christians will be rich? Does becoming a Christian guarantee no more troubles in life? No! While it is true that God will, indeed, deliver our souls from deceit and violence, that deliverance is an eternal deliverance from the deceit and violence of Satan. 

Thankfully, though, God does promise to walk by our side all of the days we live upon this earth. With the troubles and difficulties, He promises grace and strength to walk through the valleys of trouble and despair that often come our way.

You see, while we remain on this earth, we are surrounded by great forces of evil. The children of God are buffeted on every side by the minions of Satan. Our God, however, also surrounds us with His angels who fight the forces of evil on our behalf, and He grants us His Spirit to give us wisdom, comfort, and understanding.

Therefore David, the psalmist, could say, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, KJV)

I fear that far too many Christians do not take seriously the commission they have been given by God as well as the power of the evil one. Largely through apathy and indifference the modern day Christian walks a life that is consumed by the cares of this world, with little or no thought of the powers of evil that fight against them. Instead, they complacently walk right into the trap that has been set before them, and live ineffective lives for Christ, their Savior.

Jesus came to this earth with one purpose, and He diligently spent His life for that purpose. Even when a child, while submitting to His earthly parents and learning the family trade, He was ever about His father's business as evidenced by His appearance before the scribes in Jerusalem when he was only twelve years old.

As Christians let us wake up and take on the battle cry, "He Shall Redeem!" No matter what our vocation, that is why God has left us here on this earth. What part will you play in the redemption of souls this day?

Let us pray, today, for the redemption of God's people, and ask that He would show us the work that He would have each one of us do for His honor and glory!

God Bless You,
Linda



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