Psa. 103:4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
My wife Parris and I have pastored in New Orleans for almost 37 years. It has been an incredibly hard journey, filled with amazing blessings and rewards. Today’s verse speaks of redemption, this has been the theme of our journey and seems to knitted into the fabric of all we do at Victory Fellowship. From Feed the Multitudes to Beyond the Grave, the cry for souls and redemption is what our church is all about. Over the last several years we have started two restoration centers, Marysong for young women and most recently 180 for men. These ministries are proving to be some of the most rewarding work we have been part of. I guess what makes them special and different is their emphasis on the one. Feed the Multitudes and Beyond the Grave are about the masses, Marysong and 180 are about hurting people. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“Our Lord does nothing by halves, he will not stay his hand till he has gone to the uttermost with his people. Cleansing, healing, redemption, are not enough, he must needs make them kings and crown them, and the crown must be far more precious than if it were made of corruptible things, such as silver and gold; it is studded with gems of grace and lined with the velvet of lovingkindness; it is decked with the jewels of mercy, but made soft for the head to wear by a lining of tenderness. Who is like unto thee, O Lord! God himself crowns the princes of his family, for their best things come from him directly and distinctly; they do not earn the crown, for it is of mercy not of merit; they feel their own unworthiness of it, therefore he deals with tenderness;but lie is resolved to bless them, and, therefore, he is ever crowning them, always surrounding their brows with coronets of mercy and compassion. He always crowns the edifice which he commences, and where he gives pardon he gives acceptance too. “Since thou wast precious in my sight thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee.”
What an amazing Lord. He saves us to the uttermost. He doesn’t only bring us out of our messy lives. He gives us a new one better than the one we have had. Redemption is about leaving one life and entering another. We are crowned as His kings to serve in His new kingdom.