Psalm 128, 129, 130 and 131 … Consider His Abundant Redemption

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities,
(130:7-8).

I read those words and just had to stop. Just had to let it all sink in. His Redemption, so Abundant, that He Redeems us from all our iniquities. And suddenly, the chorus from Chris Tomlin’s “Amazing Love” rushed in like a flood.

Amazing love, how can it be?
That You, my King would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You
In all I do, I honor You

His amazing love moves His heart for us. So moved that He died for us. How can it be? And His Abundant Redemption is further depicted in the verse.

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me
‘Cause You died and rose again

Too much to fathom, too much to describe. In each of today’s psalms, we are offered glimpses of His Abundant Redemption. And I am also reminded of the apostle John who closed out His gospel expressing his inability to capture all that our Redeemer has done.

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written, (John 21:25).

There is not enough ink nor enough paper in all the world to adequately describe all that our Redeemer has accomplished for us. But today, let us take time to bask in the staggering view imparted in these four psalms as we consider His Abundant Redemption.

Consider His Abundant Redemption

  • His Abundant Redemption blesses us with prosperity
    • The Lord bless you from Zion,
      And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life,
      (128:5).
  • His Abundant Redemption gives us peace
    •  Indeed, may you see your children’s children.
      Peace be upon Israel!
      (128:6).
  • His Abundant Redemption prevails against the persecution of the enemy
    •  “Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up;
      Yet they have not prevailed against me.
      “The plowers plowed upon my back;
      They lengthened their furrows,”
      (129:2-3).
  • His Abundant Redemption severs the constraints of wickedness
    • The Lord is righteous;
      He has cut in two the cords of the wicked,
      (129:4).
  • His Abundant Redemption forgives our iniquities
    • If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
      O Lord, who could stand?
      (130:3).
  • His Abundant Redemption leads us to humility and worship
    • But there is forgiveness with You,
      That You may be feared,
      (130:4).
  • His Abundant Redemption quiets our soul
    • Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
      Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
      My soul is like a weaned child within me,
      (131:2).
  • His Abundant Redemption fills us with hope
    • O Israel, hope in the Lord
      From this time forth and forever,
      (131:3).

How do we respond to His Abundant Redemption?

His Abundant Redemption is certainly so much more than something merely to be viewed or considered. His Abundant Redemption is meant to radically affect change in us all the days of our lives. So why is it we so often find ourselves living as though His Abundant Redemption was powerless to bless and transform us to live as His Kingdom citizens?

Perhaps it’s because we somehow attempt to do life without Him. It’s not that we reject our faith, but it’s as though we take His Abundant Redemption and store it in our memory and then set out on this journey through life on our own.

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus describes the life of blessings and the way of those who are Abundantly Redeemed. His entire Sermon on the Mount is a call to live in a way that is completely beyond our own capacity to enact. And in the Beatitudes, Jesus points us to His Abundant Redemption as the only provision that can possibly affect the type of radical transformation He suggests.

We must always begin where Jesus began in His Sermon on the Mount. If we wish to experience His promise of spiritual prosperity, we must acknowledge our utter poverty apart from His Abundant Redemption and our absolute dependency on Christ to live out our Christian life

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 5:3).

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me, (Philippians 4:13).

Oh, may we never forget the price He paid in order for us to have His Abundant Redemption.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us… (Ephesians 1:7-8).

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ, (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Amazing love and grace, how can it be? We were Abundantly Redeemed by His perfect, spotless blood; and according to the riches of His amazing grace He has lavished upon us His Abundant Redemption that we don’t deserve, that we would live in His prosperity and peace, that we would know His prevailing power against persecution and wickedness, that we would experience the forgiveness of our sins and iniquities. Oh, how can we not respond with the joy of honoring Him in humility and worship as we trust Him to lead us to His quiet rest and hope?

Let us joyfully honor Him as we rest in the promises of His Abundant Redemption, for He has provided all we need for this life, and more.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life, (Romans 5:10).

Let’s Grow Together!

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