September 24, 2012
I just noticed something very cool. 2 of my favorite verses to meditate on while in prison are both verse 7 of different Psalms.
Psalm 146:7 “The Lord looses the prisoners”
Psalm 142:7 “Bring my soul out of prison, so I can praise Your Name”
Now, of course, I meditated on them thinking if I spoke them enough, I’d get out early. Silly me, I know now that was not God’s perfect plan for me.
But what is perfect is the number 7. It represents God’s perfection all throughout the Bible. And I think that these verses talking about prisoners being freed represent God’s perfect plan of deliverance & redemption. Not only for physical prisons, but for any type of bondage that is keeping us from experiencing God’s fullness.
For me, going through this prison experience has perfected and refined me. Now I’m not saying I’m perfect…I’m far from it. But I am covered with the blood of Jesus, which is perfect and when God looks at me, He sees no sin, He sees Jesus, so technically in His eyes, He sees perfection.
Philippians 3:12 says “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”
I am not perfect. But I do pursue Christ-likeness. I was saved to become like Him and I will strive for perfection!
But this isn’t about my perfection…this is about God’s perfection!
I just found another one. Philippians 3:7 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”
The things that I thought were gain put me in bondage. But when I realized they were nothing compared to Christ, I was set free from those bondages. Another perfect 7 verse!
Lord, You are perfect! And You have set me free, not because of anything I have done but because of Your perfect love for me! I am free in Christ! Amen.