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The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing.
- Isaiah 35:9

“Houston, we have a problem.” Those famous words from the commander of the failed Apollo 13 mission in 1970 were immortalized by Tom Hanks in the successful movie version that told the story of the astronauts’ harrowing return back to earth.

The astronauts had a mission. They were going to the moon, but something went horribly wrong. They couldn’t fulfill their mission. They had to turn back, and the astronauts of Apollo 13 just barely made it back to earth alive.

We too were created for a mission. We were created to reflect the glory of our Creator God in how we relate, how we work, how we rest, and how we rule wisely over the earth.

Yet something has gone horribly wrong. We have rejected our mission and exchanged it for lies. We have chosen to reflect other things. We worship whatever is not God. “Houston, we have a problem.” And that sin problem has sent us spiraling out of control.

The good news is that God is mighty to save. He rescues us from our sin. He showers us with His mercy instead of His wrath. Jesus’ blood pays our ransom. Though sin may hold us back, flinging us back to earth and keeping us now from completely fulfilling our mission to glorify God, we hold fast to the promise of God – that “The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing.”

I love that verse. I want to soak in the truth of that verse… to let that promise fuel my obedience.

The day is coming when we will fully reflect the majesty and purity of the God in whose image we are made. That’s why we sing of His love now. We sing of His salvation. Soon we will glorify Jesus face to face – savoring His majesty, His righteousness, His love and grace for all eternity.

Kingdom people sing now of Christ’s salvation in anticipation of the day we will see Him face to face.

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2 thoughts on “Ransomed Singing”

  1. Einstein says:

    I think you meant Isaiah 51:11!

  2. Chris Julien says:

    This verse comes alive for me when I reflect on Brahms requiem- I’m not sure if you’re much of a classical music guy, but I sang this requiem last year and so it’s very vibrant and alive for me.

    The second movement of the requiem begins with the somber recognition that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falleth away.” -1 Peter 1:24. This text is repeated for more than half the movement.

    But later on, the choir triumphantly declares that “the Word of the Lord endureth forever!” (1 Peter 1:25) which is my favorite part. Chills every time!

    His second movement then concludes with the text from Isaiah:

    “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
    and come to Zion with songs
    and everlasting joy
    upon their heads:
    they shall obtain joy and gladness,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

    It is a long movement, but with all this in mind I encourage you to listen to it. I think you’ll feel how magnificent it is that the Lord redeems his people so that they sing of his glorious grace. Check it out here:

    The “all flesh is as grass” text lasts until 9:25.
    The “Word of the Lord endureth forever” happens at 9:25.
    And then the song concludes with the text of the blog, that the ransomed of the Lord shall return with songs and everlasting joy, at 9:43. I’d encourage you to listen to it with the German/English translation open in a window, and it’ll come alive for you I’m sure.

    Enjoy and God bless. :)

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