“For thou hast delivered my soul from death; wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.” (Psalm 56:13)
As David writes this Psalm, perhaps as he was fleeing from Saul, he ran right into the arms of the Philistines. This became clear in the first verse when David was taken to Gath by the Philistines. Have you ever “jumped out of the frying pan into the fire”? I think many of us have as we sought to find deliverance our way.
Deliverance our way brings greater difficulty. Deliverance our way may seem to work, but only for a little while. Deliverance our way seems fun for a season, but payday is someday. The 13th verse speaks to our hearts as the view of divine deliverance is seen from the past, the promised, and its purpose:
“For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”
“Thou hast delivered my soul from death.” David wisely praises God for past deliverances. It is very important that we praise God for what He has done. This can represent deliverance from spiritual death or deliverance from physical death as well as other deliverances. Deliverance from spiritual death is, of course, the greatest deliverance of all. Salvation delivers us from the second death which is spending eternity in the lake of fire. (Revelation 21:8). We should never cease to praise God for spiritual deliverance.
Friday, July 5th, was my spiritual birthday. I have 37 years worth of deliverance for which to give praise to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. He has never failed me, and I can say He has never failed you either! The previous day, July 4th, we celebrated another year of freedom as a country. We can be thankful for this deliverance giving us the opportunity to worship freely. Then on Saturday, July 6th, I celebrated 23 years of marriage to a wonderful, godly lady. Thank God for deliverances of all sorts, shapes, and sizes; and they all come down from a Heavenly Father Who loves me and you!
“Wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling.” Past deliverances give promise for future deliverances. Past mercies are precedence for future mercies. When we praise God for past deliverances, it encourages us to trust God for future deliverances. This is why it is so important to praise God for our deliverances. The deliverance promised here is deliverance from failure in our walk. The walk of the believer is not easy. There are many pitfalls installed by Satan along the way of the believer to try and ensnare the believer into falling. Our motto at RU is being a Psalm one Christian – “Blessed is the man that walketh not …”, yet, the goal is not just learning how and where not to walk, but with whom to walk “in”. We are commanded and given the privilege to “walk in the Spirit”.
Purpose of deliverance
“…that I may walk before God in the light of the living.” I believe the purpose of deliverance is simply stated in two reasons that obtain one goal. The goal is to glorify God. The first opportunity in deliverance to glorify God is to spend time with Him. He desires our fellowship. He desires none to “perish”, but all to come to repentance. Secondly, this relationship will result in His light shining through us. This is called a testimony. When the world looks at you, do they see Jesus? Or do they only hear and see complaining, griping people that need deliverance?
The challenge for the day is clear. Start by thanking Him for the deliverances He has provided you. Take your burden to Him by faith believing He can deliver you from that situation today. And..go show and tell the world about your Deliverer!