THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD
by Wayne S. Walker
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107:2). Psalm 107, which begins the fifth and final book of the Psalms, starts out saying, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (v. 1). Then the Psalmist says, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” The “redeemed” of the Lord in this case may well refer to those who were redeemed from captivity and allowed to return to Jerusalem following their seventy years of exile in Babylon. This was one notable example of God’s goodness to Israel. However, for those of us who live on this side of the cross, the idea of being “redeemed” has a special meaning.
“All have sinned,” yet we can be “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). Therefore, Paul tells us that we can give “praise to the glory of His grace” for “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:6-7). Indeed, as Peter reminds us, we are “not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19). What a wonderful blessing to know that Jesus Christ came and died to be our Redeemer!
Each child of God should be thankful for the redemption of Christ Jesus in his own life personally. As Fanny Crosby wrote, “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.” And, as Philip P. Bliss exhorts us, “I will sing of my Redeemer And His wondrous love for me.” Just as every single Israelite who came back from Babylon could praise God that he and his people were redeemed from the hand of their enemy, so all of us should remember the Lord’s goodness in providing forgiveness in Christ that we might be redeemed from the hand of our enemy, the devil.