“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name!”
There are many prisons in this life. Sickness is a prison; fear is a prison; confusion is a prison; ignorance is a prison; being surrounded by people who slander and hate you is a prison; the human body itself is a prison; and death is a prison.
The Son of God from heaven came into our prisons. But the Father set him free from them all, and He promised the Son that he would be surrounded forever with the people who followed him out of the prisons of this life. That precious promise thrilled the Son. It is what the Son was speaking of in the last half of the verse quoted above, when he said to the Father, “The righteous shall compass me about, for you shall deal bountifully with me” (Ps. 142:7b).