Collecting these green stamps was part of my everyday life growing up. The disagreeable part was licking the back of them to put in the collector’s book! These stamps were one of the first loyalty programs. From 1930 to the late 80’s, Sperry and Hutchinson rewarded customers with stamps at grocery stores, department stores and gas stations. They could be redeemed for a variety of products from their catalog. I remember dreaming over certain products but my Mother redeemed them for more practical choices.
Today’s verse redeems something infinitely more important than stamps! God redeems our lives. He brings us up from the pit and restores dignity with the gift of His unconditional love and compassion. He redeems us from the “realm of the dead” and takes us to Himself (Ps.49:15). And He didi it at an enormous cost to Himself! Not with gold or silver but with the precious blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18-19). He gave Himself to redeem us (Titus 2:14). No one can redeem the life of another (Ps. 49:7-9) He did for us what none of us could do for ourselves!
The only reasonable response to being redeemed is praise! And part of expressing that praise is for the redeemed to say so!! (Psalm 107:2) He is my personal Redeemer! Nothing obligated Him to pull me up from that pit. His love and compassion for me are completely unearned! Not only does He give me what I do not deserve but He does not treat me as my sins do deserve (Psalm 103:10). What amazing love, what incredible compassion that He would give His life in exchange for mine!
I am redeemed and how I do love to proclaim it!