God is the defender of the oppressed.
The psalmist writes of God delivering Israel, His covenant people, from attacks and oppression since her earliest days.
Since my youth they have often attacked me—
let Israel say—
Since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not prevailed against me. (v. 1-2 CSB)
God is the giver of freedom.
This psalm celebrates God as the righteous one who cuts the ropes of oppression and sets His people free.
The LORD is righteous;
he has cut the ropes of the wicked. (v. 4 CSB)
The Israelites were slaves for 400 years in Egypt before God miraculously set them free. Later, through the prophet Isaiah, God sent the good news that He would send the Messiah to set all captives free from the power of sin.
The Spirit of the Lord God is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners. . . Isaiah 61:1 CSB
Jesus, the Messiah, broke the chains of sin on the cross when He paid the debt for all sin with His own perfect life. He has set us free!
So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. John 8:36 CSB
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 CSB
God invites us to use our freedom to serve others.
For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. Galatians 5:13 CSB
Our freedom is not just for us. Having been set free from the chains of sin, we are now free to love with the love of the Father. His love empowers us to serve others.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God cut the ropes that evil men used to enslave His people.
He set Israel free from her oppressors.
God sent His Son Jesus to the cross in our place to pay the penalty for sin .
He set us free from the chains of sin.
God set us free to serve others through love.
How will you use His freedom today?
Father, thank You for setting me free. Thank You for sending Jesus to the cross in my place to pay the penalty for my sin, setting me free from sin’s bondage. Help me use my freedom to serve and show Your love to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.