21 “Remember these, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant;
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me!
22 I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions,
And like a cloud, your sins.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout, you lower parts of the earth;
Break forth into singing, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
And glorified Himself in Israel.
Take a moment and notice God’s action of redemption. When God redeems He does not redeem those who have tried to be worthy of His redemption. Israel, of all nations, was not worthy of God’s redemption. They had known Him and forsaken Him over and over again. They had God and had a beautiful temple to Him but they built altars to false idols on every street corner. They ignored the pure worship of the God of heaven and worshipped gods that did not exist. They lived sexually immoral lives, they trusted in their enemies to help them, and they even at times sacrificed their own children to the false gods. No, Israel did not deserve God’s redemption.
The beauty of redemption is just that, God does not redeem those who try hard but God redeems those who are against Him. He chooses whom He will save. God often, as in the case of the Apostle Paul, chooses the worst of the worst among us so that He will get the glory of their salvation. God chose Mary Magdalene, Zaccheus, and other dirty rotten sinners to redeem.
In verse 23 we are told to sing and shout because the Lord has done it. Every part of nature is to rejoice in the redemption of God’s people, for in His redemption God has glorified Himself. We should often rejoice in the salvation of the slave trader, the godless man, John Newton, who lived the rest of his life amazed that God’s grace could save a wretch like he. Rejoice today in God’s redemption of Israel and in God’s redemption of you and of me.
From 6:00 to 8:00 today we will be at the Riverwalk offering men and women redemption through Jesus Christ. We are going to be short on musicians so if you can come and sing as part of the crowd God will use your voice to accomplish His purposes. Dave and I will be there at 6:00 for set up. If you cannot come please pray for God to use our weakness to accomplish His miracle of salvation. Pray for God to knit our hearts to Christians who come by. Pray for open-hearted people to come by and to receive the message of God’s redemptive grace.
Tomorrow morning there will be people at the church painting colors into the props for VBS. The more the merrier on this job. Mary Ellen will be in charge so if you have questions call or text her.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. We will have a gift for every mother in the service. Mother’s Day is always a special day at church when we take time to honor those who gave themselves to bring us into the world.
Have a great day in the Lord,