Hello, God has given me something in Psalm 119:134 which says:
“Redeem me from human oppression,
that I may obey your precepts.”
The Psalmist is asking God to redeem from human oppression, so that he could obey God’s precepts. That seems a bit skeptical. He wants everything to be nice and easy in order to obey God’s law. That’s like being told you have to work 12 hours a day in a slum to pay for a horrible crime, and then asking to work in a palace.
The thing is, we cry out to be redeemed from human oppression too. We all want to. But, there is a worse oppression that we also cry out for freedom of. That is spiritual oppression. We cried out for freedom, we want it easy. And God granted our wish! But, we don’t deserve to be free from our sin. So what happened? Jesus happened. Jesus came down to earth, and He died on the cross in our place! He saved us from our sin. He gave His very own life for us! We deserve to have it very bad in hell. But Jesus has given us eternal life! John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We can have eternal life! We can be saved from our sin. Don’t get me wrong, we will be persecuted. 2 Corinthians 4:8 says:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;”
But we should rejoice if we are persecuted, Acts 5:41 says:
“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”
Jesus gave His own life on the cross. He redeemed us from spiritual suffering, and now, He intercedes for us. He has loved us so much!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for loving me so much. Thank You for giving Your son for me. Thank You for redeeming me from spiritual oppression. Please help me to love You more, and give thanks more. Please help me to spread the Gospel to others, so that they might feel Your love. Please help me to rejoice when I am persecuted. Thank You for all the blessings that You’ve given to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland