"For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord."
I think this is so interesting... because this is really what God does for us. Whether or not we are literally prisoners, he saves us from the prison of ourselves often... from the smallness of our vision, from the limits of our imagination. And he says... think bigger, think better... you are stronger than you think you are, and your potential is infinitely greater. We are all appointed to death, but God, in his infinite mercy, saves us from death... and we live on after death, and glory in the promise of resurrection, and eternal life. I like the end too, that someday we will be gathered and united in serving the Lord, and recognizing that it is he that teaches us and helps us to evolve into more than we are... I think it just hits me sometimes what a prisoner *I* am... and that I really don't need to be one.