Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
Yesterday we covered the first two benefits mentioned above, the God who forgives and the God who heals. This morning, I would like to take a look at the God who redeems your life from the pit.
The word redeem has several meanings attached to it. Here are a few; to buy back; to recover by payment or satisfaction; to exchange for money or goods; to make up for, make amends for or offset a fault, shortcoming, etc.
This particular version says, “redeems your life from the pit,” other versions say death, the grave or corruption. Whichever version you have, I think it safe to say that it’s a very low place, a dark place or a place you can’t easily escape from. You can’t get more final than death, am I right?
Have you ever been there? I have been! Just when you think life can’t get worse, the pit can’t get darker or deeper, a sinkhole opens up and sucks you down a little bit further. It’s at times like this that I remember my benefits. God saw my pit before I fell into it and He’s already provided a way of escape. I may not see the way, but it’s there. His arm is long enough to reach me in my impossible pit.
Whatever you’re facing today, God paid your way out of it. It’s a benefit you didn’t have to earn or deserve. God extended His amazing grace (undeserved favor) and delivered you from your pit. It may have been meant to destroy you, to take you out of the game, to discourage you and incapacitate you, but if you will call out to Him and remind Him of your benefit, He will bring you out.
Father, while I’m in this place of not knowing, not seeing or hearing, I will bless Your Holy Name. Just knowing who You are and that You paid the price to set me free is enough. You’re my deliverer. My pit is a temporary dwelling place because You have redeemed my life from this pit. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.