Return to your fortress,
O prisoners of hope;
even now I announce
that I will restore twice as much to you.
Usually the thought of being a prisoner of anything is extremely undesirable. It conjures up negative images of a place of confinement, such as a jail cell, where freedoms are completely relinquished. Aside from being held in a prison, there are many other prison-like strongholds in life ~ without locks and bars ~ that can hold us captive. Some are prisoners of fear, overwhelming debt, difficult life circumstances, a troubled past, controlling relationships, or shameful addictions. The encouraging message here is that you can break free of anything in life that holds you captive by completely surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. The key to your freedom lies in His nail-pierced hands.
If you are a Child of God who is completely surrendered to Him, you are essentially a prisoner of Hope. You are eternally tethered to His divine Hope and captivated by His grace and mercy. In Colossians 1:27, Christ is referred to as the “Hope of Glory,” and Hebrews 6:19 calls this glorious Hope an “anchor for our soul” that is firm and secure. So you are a prisoner of hope, if you are totally committed to the Hope of Glory, Jesus Christ. All control of your life has been freely relinquished to your Heavenly Father, and your soul is securely anchored in His limitless love forever. It’s not just a “life sentence”…it’s eternal!
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8: 34, 35
God is your fortress, your strength, and your refuge in times of trouble and distress. He is a high tower for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of desperation, and a shelter from the storms of life. So as a prisoner of hope, there’s no better place to be than in the safety of your fortress, the Almighty God. You will always be under His loving and watchful care. “Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope”…
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
Psalm 59: 16 – 17
The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).
Psalm 9:9 (AMP)