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Psalm 126: Captivity Led Captive!

by | Jul 1, 2024

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There have been – and there continually are – deliverances given to many of the Lord’s people, which seem incredible to themselves and others. We are like the Psalmist, who said of himself in a preceding Psalm, “I am as a wonder unto many” – a wonder to himself, and a wonder unto others. And yet – as unexpected and incredible, at the moment, as the deliverance may appear – how many a grateful hand and heart can set their own seal to the testimony of the Psalmist in this song of praise! It is true that this joyful song may be applied to the nation of Judah, upon their restoration and redemption from Babylonian captivity. But it is equally true that it may also be spiritually applied to any man, woman, or child who has been long tied and bound in captivity, with the chain of their own sins; and who, for the first time, feels that they are indeed a poor, perishing, self-convicted, and self-condemned sinner. They now see a violated Law, an offended God, and a righteous sentence awaiting the soul that has sinned; and in the anguish and terror of their spirit, they cry out, “What must I do to be saved?” “What shall I give for the sin of my soul?” “Turn again my captivity, O Lord!” And to these cries and tears, the tender voice of the Gospel brings hope and mercy: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!” Would not the first sound of such glad news be like a dream to the poor trembling sinner? How could he comprehend the fullness and freeness of such salvation – that “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin,” even his own crimson and scarlet ones? And yet as the blessed truth and light of Gospel-pardon and love breaks more and more upon his soul; and as he begins to see all its wonderful adaptation to his needs; and as he begins to understand how God can be both just and the Justifier of believers in Jesus; and when the Holy Spirit has brought home and sealed to his own heart the personal assurance that “Christ loved me and died for me, and has washed me from my sins in His own blood” – then, indeed, does the shadow of the dream disperse before the bright and cheering Dayspring from on high! Then, indeed, is the mouth filled with laughter, and the tongue with singing! And yet there is still many a weary mile, many a lengthened day’s journey, many a foe to battle with, many a call for prayer, and many a cause for tears, before the ransomed child of God reaches the Promised Land and sees the King in His beauty. But when he has arrived there, there shall be no more sorrow nor crying; for the Lord God shall wipe away all tears from all the eyes of His children. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord: yea, so saith the Spirit; for their works do follow them.” The Psalmist knows and is persuaded that he who sows precious seed – even though it may be in heaviness of heart, and with much weeping and tears – shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Not one of them shall be lost or ungathered; not one shall be unloosed and scattered; they shall all be secured and “bound up in the bundle of life with the Lord!”

Lord Jehovah, we praise You for doing “great things” for us, Your people; for although we have been in the Slough of Despond and the Valley of Humiliation, yet You have been our Almighty Helper and Leader, Who has brought us out – safely and profitably. Thank You for the real joy that comes when You convert and bring out the sinner from the captivity of sin and Satan! Amen.

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