Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
We often feel like the right way for God to redeem us from a situation would be for Him to deliver us from it. While the LORD is certainly able to do that if He so chooses, we don’t have to be delivered from our circumstances in order to be redeemed. We can be redeemed right in the middle of the worst possible mess we have ever faced. Our God is a redeemer. The LORD made it very clear when He brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt and delivered them from bondage. The bible said clearly, “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed…” They were already redeemed and then led forth.
What good is it if I’m delivered from a situation and I’ve not been redeemed. I can be led forth out of this life into eternity and what does that profit me if I have not been redeemed? The goal and purpose is to be redeemed. Certainly we must come to Jesus for our initial experience of redemption at Calvary’s cross but we can experience redemption from the body of death every day of our life and situation by situation.
The body of death is the thing in our flesh that would rather please the lusts of the flesh instead of doing those things that are pleasing to God.
Situations and circumstances of life are allowed to come our way so that we may discover the things inside of us that are still unlike Christ. Then we can be redeemed from those things, just like we were redeemed initially, if we will go back to Calvary again and lay that thing at Jesus’ feet. The LORD has not yet delivered us from the situation we are in because we have not yet experienced the depth of redemption He has for us in that place.
In Acts the sixteenth chapter Paul and Silas were imprisoned and at midnight they sang praises to the LORD. An earthquake came and opened the prison and loosed everyone’s bonds. Yet nobody fled. When the jailer came in Paul and Silas and all the prisoners were still there in an open prison, with no bonds. There was no reason for them to flee because they had discovered redemption in the middle of the situation.
Our redemption is right in the middle of our situation. We don’t have to go looking for it. It is right here with us, waiting on us to accept it. It is Jesus Christ.