~Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies~
Such contrasts as can hardly be conceived by mortal man have we here in this psalm of King David.
He speaks of our great Kinsman-Redeemer, Who is the Lord Jesus Christ. He speaks of the transformation that takes place in the lives of those who were heading for destruction, but now have turned to God. They are now crowned with loving-kindness and tender mercies. T he price for such goodness to occur in the lives of those who now belong to God was the brutal suffering, death and shedding of innocent blood of our Redeemer, our Jesus.
Our beloved Jesus lovingly drew us to Himself from lives that were headed for certain destruction. Our eyes were blinded to the destruction that we were headed towards. Without Jesus buying us back we would continue to destroy ourselves or those around us. Oh, Lord, open our eyes to show us the terrifying end to a life apart from You! For a life apart from God is nothing less than hopelessness and desolation.
But there is One, the beautiful Jesus, who will not allow our lives to be destroyed when we allow Him access into our lives.
And what does this lovely Redeemer do for the one whose life is brought into union with God?
He lays upon our sorrowful heads crowns. He crowns us with His own loving-kindness and tender mercies.
His crown of loving-kindness replaces our crown of thorns of shame, fear and disgrace. His crown of acceptance replaces our crown of guilt, despair and hopelessness. He replaces crowns of hurt and rejection with crowns of pity and adoration.
And what of His crown of tender mercies? Oh, dear One! We go from experiencing harshness, meanness, insensitivity to be crowned with tender mercy. This speaks of the utmost of warmth, protection, and being enclosed in a surrounding of complete safety. For the word here and elsewhere in the Old Testament comes from the Hebrew word which means compassion, tender love, great, tender mercy and pity as cherishing the fetus in the womb.
Oh, to come from a life of desolation to a life of such tenderness, pity and love is almost beyond fathoming! To come into the warmth of such protecting, hovering, covering love is almost too much to conceive!
~Bless the Lord, oh my soul
And all that is within me bless His holy Name~
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~ I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold~ The One Who has crowned me so…
Very beautiful & comforting words. In this world where we are surrounded by meanness and harshness; where nobody cares about our pains and sorrows; it is indeed wonderful to have our Saviour's loving prescence always with us. Yes, He certainly redeems us from all those hurtful times and times whe we too have backslided. God bless your writings.
This is a testimony of such a transformed life. There is no life apart from Christ. Virginia, this glorifies our Father in heaven. Blessings to you. Don't cease praising Him and pouring it out before Him.