“You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.” – Lamentations 3:58 NIV
I am broken inside. All of us are, truthfully, no matter how put-together we appear on the outside. We work hard to impress people, whether it’s our employer, our friends, or our family. We desperately seek validation from people, only to discover that we do not measure up.
I was pondering this the other day while listening to the hymn by William Cowper “There is a Fountain”. The very beginning of the song struck a chord…
“There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.”
Wow. Lose all their guilty stains? When I stand before God, because of the blood of Jesus, He does not see the imperfections. All of those ugly stains on my heart have been washed away. Because of what Jesus did, I stand before God, and I am accepted. I am loved. This means that we are freed from the old way of doing things! Our value is not dependent on or measured by the approval or praise of earthly men. Our value is found in the price that was paid for us. God has seen such value, such potential in us that he was willing to sacrifice His own Son in order to purchase redemption for those who seek it.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV
This brings me to another line from the hymn…
“E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply; Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.”
Redeeming love. That’s what love does, it redeems what was broken and tossed aside. It is God’s redeeming love alone that can make me (and you!) whole again.