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He Came to Set Us Free

Day 13

Today's Reading: Psalm 102

Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD: that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the LORD looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD. (Psalm 102:18-22)

We need to feel the depth of God’s grace in this passage. Although God is holy and exalted, He looks down from His “holy height” in heaven to help those who are in desperate need. He hears the “groans of the prisoners”; He sets free those who were “doomed to die.”

What a picture of despair and bondage and hopelessness for God’s people. And yet God on high promised to a “generation to come” that He would look down and hear them and set them free. We’re reminded of the way Christ described His mission during His first coming:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

From his holy height, God has come to us in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has taken on human flesh and lived among us––a Savior who is both fully human and fully divine. He has died for us so that we might be free from our bondage to sin and death, and He has been raised from the dead to give us life. Prisoners doomed to die are pardoned and set free through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And the psalmist tells us why God wants His people to know these truths: “. . . that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord” (Psalm 102:21-22). Praise and exaltation have always been the proper response to God’s unfathomable grace. How much more now that His grace has been made known in Christ!

PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE

Praise God for His unfathomable grace to you––that He has set you free from the bondage of sin and death and given you new life through Christ.

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