Scriptures for you to look up:
- Psalm 34:4, 17
- Psalm 40:17
- Psalm 50:15
- Psalm 107:6
- Daniel 3:17-18
"I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4
"The righteous cry and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles." Psalm 34:17
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses." Psalm 107:6
"If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O King, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you have set up." Daniel 3:17-18
This is one of my favorite attributes that we've looked at this week. I feel like they each keep building on one another (see Ps. 34:17- the Lord HEARS us and responds with deliverance!) and I love how this reminds me that everything about Him works together to be the God of the bible. You can't separate one attribute from another, He's all of these things at the very same time.
I love the definition of deliverance that I've found: "Deliverance often indicated the power of one entity overcoming the power of another."
When we are delivered, the power of God is overcoming the power of whatever/whoever we're being delivered from. Personally, I'm dealing with a lot of fear in this season. Fear over becoming attached to another baby and birth mama. Fear over traveling to get a babe that won't come home with us. Fear over having to walk through the grief all over again. These fears can easily consume my thoughts in a day. But Psalm 34:4 says that He delivers me from fears. The power of God can overcome the power of fear in my life. Does that mean that we won't experience another failed match? No. But it means that I can be free from living under the chains of constant fear.
I love Daniel's friends in Daniel 3. The king has set up a giant golden image for the people to bow down to and these 3 men refuse. As they stand next to a blazing furnace, the furnace the golden image probably just came out of, they declare that God can deliver them from the fire.
But even if He does not.
They still will not bow down to the image the king had set up.
I love this. I love this reminder that God is a God who is ABLE to deliver. He has every power to deliver us from any and every situation. But, in His sovereignty (we'll talk about this attribute towards the end of the month) He sometimes does not. And even if not... we can believe that God is still good and He is still exactly who He says He is.
If you read a little more in Daniel 3 you'll learn that God did not deliver them from the fire. They still we're throw into a blazing furnace. BUT. God was there in their midst. He delivered them through the fire. They came out unharmed, not a burn to be seen, and without the stench of smoke. Instead of completely removing them from the situation, He was their deliverer through the situation.
Today it comforts me to know that God is my deliverer. Sometimes that means completely removing me from pain or a situation. Sometimes that means delivering me in the very midst of what's going on around me. And maybe one day that deliverance will come by Jesus calling me home. He is the God who delivers and we can praise Him for being the God who overcomes all other things.
Take some time to journal (you'll do a lot of journaling this month!) about how you have seen the Lord as your deliverer. Notice the things He's done in your past. Praise Him for being the God who overcomes all other power!