Sympathy

Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all his troubles.
Psalms 25:22

Being hard pressed, nonetheless, redeem the United States, O God, out of all his troubles. Redeem the Church, O God, out of all her troubles.

Does hardship make you hard or soft?


John 13:1-5

The following is taken directly from The Treasury of David by Spurgeon.

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EXPOSITION

Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. This is a very comprehensive prayer, including all the faithful and all their trials. Sorrow had taught the psalmist sympathy, and given him communion with the tried people of God; he therefore remembers them in his prayers. Israel, the tried, the wrestling, the conquering hero, fit representative of all the saints. Israel in Egypt, in the wilderness, in wars with Canaanites, in captivity, fit type of the church militant on earth. Jesus is the Redeemer from trouble as well as sin, he is a complete Redeemer, and from every evil he will rescue every saint. Redemption by blood is finished: O God, send us redemption by power. Amen and Amen.

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. If thou wilt not pity and help me, yet spare thy people, who suffer for my sake, and in my sufferings. — Matthew Poole.

Redeem Israel, etc. In vita vel post mortem meam, (Rabbi David), either whiles I live, or after my death. This is every good man’s care and prayer. None is in case to pray for the church, that hath not first made his own peace with God. — John Trapp.

This most beautiful of “Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” closes with a sweet petition — such an one, as every one of the true Israel of God would wish to depart with on his lips. “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.” It breathes the same holy aspiration as the aged Simeon’s “Lord! now lettest thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” — Barton Bouchier.

HINTS TO THE VILLAGE PREACHER

Jacob’s life, as typical of ours, may illustrate this prayer.

A prayer for the church militant.

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