O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.
This psalm tells us to hope in God because of His mercy and redemption toward us.
Historically, the people of Israel had great difficulty maintaining their hope in God. When they strayed from obedience, they brought suffering upon themselves. When they cried out to God for deliverance, He would help them because of His great mercy.
Mercy is a key attribute of God’s nature (Psalm 86:15; Exodus 34:6-7). When God sees humility and repentance, He willingly extends mercy (Isaiah 55:7). Redemption is an extension of God’s mercy.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ showed how great God’s love and mercy is toward all of mankind (Ephesians 2:4-5; Romans 5:8). Christ’s sacrifice redeemed us from our sins so we can have the opportunity to receive eternal life (Romans 3:24; Titus 2:14).
Psalm 130:8 concludes this thought by declaring that the people of Israel will be redeemed from all their sins. The apostle Paul reaffirms this future act of mercy in his writings (Romans 11:26-27, 32-33).
Regardless of the situations we find ourselves in, God wants to help us, extend mercy and redeem us so we can be in His family. Even when we sin and fall short, we should wholeheartedly repent and always place our hope in God’s mercy and His abundant redemption because of the love He has for us (Romans 8:31-39).
To learn more about God’s redemption, be sure to read “What Is Justification?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Living Within Our Means.”