The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term “to deliver someone” as an act to save, rescue, or set someone or something free. Christians are usually aware of their need to be delivered from sin and its death grip. Some may even experience deliverance from demonic activity, strongholds, or generational troubles. What is interesting and worth meditating on, I think, is how King David rejoices when he is delivered from his enemies. He writes a really long song about how God delights in him, how he is blameless, righteous, pure, and humble. Just when you think King David has an unhealthy dose of grandiosity, he says, “And He [God] makes my way perfect” (2 Sam 22:33). David goes on to say that it is God who strengthens him, sets him in a safe place, and gives him the wisdom and skill to successfully wage war and reign. David gets it. He understands that he has been delivered, so he sings. How often are we so miserable in our sin that we cannot understand why God would care enough about us to deliver us from the enemies to home and health and sanity? Why do we suffer condemnation for what has come under the blood of Christ? Why is it so hard to hear Christ’s message of deliverance when He says, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out?” I’ve wallowed a little too long in the sludge of sin beating, and I know how to sing!
2 responses to “2 Samuel 21, 22; Psalms 18; John 6:22-40”
Maybe it’s because we are brought up believing nothing comes free and perhaps it’s also pride and unbelief that God is really greater than my enemies within and without. Regardless, I for one I want to take up your challenge and waste less time being miserable and pushing away his grace.
Singing for joy. That is where the abundant life is, not in the abundance of things, but in the abundance of knowing our awesome God. Sing!