You Redeem

As I was driving the other day, I turned to one of my playlists and this song by Aaron Shust came on. It has stayed with me over these days.

You redeem, You redeem
You restore what’s been stolen from me
You reclaim, You release
You rebuild with the words that You breathe.
You redeem.
Miracles will happen, healing will come
The plans of the enemy ruined, undone!
You redeem, You redeem
Let Your revival awaken me!
You reclaim, You release
You rebuild what’s been broken in me.
You redeem!

We live and breathe in a world that is in need of redemption; first from the penalty and power of sin that exists in each of us, but also from the brokenness that comes from our rebellion against God and also that of others which impacts us directly and indirectly.

We feel the groanings!

There are broken places in every life. We live in a fallen world where our Redeemer is at work, but we will not be free of the “fallenness” this side of eternity.  Some of those places are but small cracks, almost imperceptible over time, and easily shed from our souls, while others are cataclysmic and create gaping wounds that can heal when given over to the Savior’s hands for Him to mend and restore.  But, if not careful, they can also remain exposed or reopened and the wound deep and fresh.  If not ignored, healing can come again but, if disregarded and unguarded, that place will remain, as with a physical wound, a place of infection that can grow and spread. 

We can choose to make those gaps wider, deeper, and beyond repair, or we can submit them to the Lord and let Him rebuild us and those broken places.

For our God is the redeeming God, our Savior is the Repairer of the breaches, the Restorer of the broken places, the One who has taken the punishment. He is the One who is making all things new for those who have received His redemption by faith in Christ, even when we cannot see or feel it.

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making all things new.’… ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true!’” (Revelation 21:5)

The world and even other followers of Christ are going to hurt us; the enemy of our souls is seeking our demise physically, spiritually, and emotionally. But, as we intentionally set our gaze on God alone, as we lay down those “good things” that we have made idols, even those “holy expectations” of others that God intends and desires but that may not be so, and find our satisfaction in the love, faithfulness, and tenderness of the Father, we can be settled, content, and even full of joy regardless. 

God, the Repairer of the breaches, the One who is able to “restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,”* can also redeem and rebuild “what’s been broken” in us. He can and is calling us to die to ourselves because, in living for self-satisfying desires, we are walking with dead man’s bones and creating broken places. Yet, as we die to our self-focus, we can live in the joyful obedience of His presence.

He is more than able to revive, awaken, and redeem lost time and give us a boldness to stand in the gap for others, to stand against the schemes of the enemy that wants to destroy our walk, our witness, and our relationships, to march on in newness of life so can find healing for the broken places in ourselves and help others in their own.

Then can we sing, and even laugh with great joy, that “the plans of the enemy (are and can be) ruined, undone!” 

We are called to a more restful and less fearful place in the power of the Holy Spirit, in the love of the Father, and in the presence of Jesus who defeated the enemy of our souls on the cross and through His resurrection from death.

We can walk securely and boldly in the surety of hope that we don’t have to live in the broken places any longer! 

“You have made known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  Psalm 16:11

*Aaron Shust, You Redeem

**Hymnscape collection by Katelyn Harbaugh Art: “This is My Father’s World”

*Joel 2:25

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