Divine deliverance

ATD 61The Word

“Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.” Psalm 107:15

Thought

This phrase is found four times in this Psalm of David. The song reveals a history of God’s dealing with His people, Israel. It begins by exhorting its readers to give thanks for the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness to rescue and deliver those who turn to Him for help. Before each of the four phrases, a story is told of some predicament the people found themselves in and then turning to the Lord in their trouble begging Him, “Lord help!” Additionally each of the four times is written the Lord’s response, “…He rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety…” “He broke down their prison gates of bronze; He cut apart their bars of iron.” “He sent out His word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.” “He calmed the storm… and brought them to safe harbor.”

The final portion of the Psalm concludes by telling of God’s ability to turn the grimmest of situations around for the good, for He is good and desires to deliverer us from our rebellion, forgive us, and liberate us from the clutches of those things which would keep us in deep and dark dungeons. “Those who are wise will take this to heart.”

Prayer

Lord You change deserts into pools of water. There is no dark situation beyond Your reach and Your ability to deliver. You have been faithful when I have failed to be faithful. Thank you for hearing my cry when I said, “Lord help!” Thank you for Your rescue, Your deliverance and the light of your salvation. Great are You Lord! Amen.