He leads out the prisoners with singing. -Psalm 68:6, NIV
David sees prisoners emerge from captivity with a song of praise on their lips rather than a life sentence. Can there be a more powerful and beautiful act of redemption than a murderer or a thief finding God?
I wonder if Jesus had this verse in mind when He said to His disciples: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’” (Matthew 25:34–36).
I find it fascinating that on judgment day God will remember what we did for the hungry and thirsty, the sick, the naked, and the prisoner. Do you think we put enough time and emphasis on ministry to prisoners? I have ministered in many prisons across the planet, and we always sing “Amazing Grace” together. The sound of the sacred and humanity coming together . . . there is nothing like it.
In this psalm we see the marvelous and miraculous ways the Lord takes care of the people He loves so much —including widows, orphans, the lonely, and prisoners. God just might be suggesting to us where we need to spend more of our time!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask for a special grace on prisoners all over the world. Some guilty of their crimes, some falsely imprisoned. I pray for a miraculous revealing of Jesus to all of them.