Israel is accused by God as destroying herself, but God says, “in me is thine help.” This is only a blog of my thoughts, but if I were actually preaching from this passage, I would stop for a while and develop some of these phrases more fully. When God says, “I gave them a king in my anger” I am remembering when they asked for a king. Samuel was disappointed, but God told him they have not rejected you, they have rejected me. God meant for Israel to be a Theocracy with judges, but that turned out to be a mess. Then He gave them Saul and what a disappointment to God he was. The last verse of today’s passage speaks of a ransom from the grave and redeemed from death. Actually we Christians have that very thing in Christ. In His work on the cross, we are getting something we don’t deserve.