STEP FIVE: THE GREAT DELIVERANCE
“If the LORD had not been on our side—let Israel now say…”
We are mountaineers to the glory of God. After a long and difficult trek, we have arrived at a new level of holy progress. We shall call it: The Great Deliverance.
Today we shall remember the great victories and deliverances the Lord God has done for us in the past. This Psalm is a song of the holy survivors, a song of thanks-giving. We shall give thanks to God for who He is in our lives!
There are some things men boast of performing. But the blessings of eternal value, the perfect gifts, come from God alone. Let’s imagine now how our lives could have been ‘if the Lord had not been on our side…’
There is this little word ‘if’. It means that not all people can claim the constant presence of God with them. Some people are alone, godless and lost. They live and die without a purpose and without a hope. But we, the children of God, have a Father in Heaven, a Savior on the Throne and the Holy Spirit as our Comforter forever.
God is not a respecter of Persons. He does not discriminate between rich and poor, educated or not. That is true. But we can also say that God discriminates between His children and the rest of mankind. During conflicts and war, God is on our side and He is not on ‘their side’. That is why we pray and know that the victory is ours. If God was not on our side, we could have died in sins; any sickness could have killed us; wicked people could have eliminated us. We could not have had peace and joy, hope and wisdom. We could have lacked a testimony of freedom from sin, healing from sickness and deliverance from circumstances beyond our control.
If God was not on the side of Israel, the Bible we read could have been a very different book. Abraham and Sarah could have died childless. Isaac could have starved to death. Jacob could have been killed by Laban or Esau. Joseph could have died as a slave in Egypt. Job could have died as a desperate, childless, poor man. Daniel could have ended in the stomach of the lions. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could have been just ashes. Jonah could have drowned in the Great Sea. David could never be a king; Peter could have died in prison….
This is also my story…if God was not on my side I could not have been saved. I could have remained a foolish atheist, proud of my lack of spirituality, ignorant of the beauty and grace of a Savior, who died to set me free. Without God, this life makes no sense. Why will anyone be happy to live 80 years on this earth, and then go to an eternal death in hell? Without God there is no purpose, no hope, no joy, no wisdom, no fellowship or friendship, no love, no romance, no happy marriage…just a boring routine surrounded by darkness, fears, confusion and sorrow.
But ‘God is indeed on our side’, let Israel, let the church say so! Jehovah, the Self Existent God, the God of the covenant, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is our God! Jesus promised: “I will never leave you never forsake you! Nobody can pluck you out of My hand! Without Me you can do nothing!” “I need Thee, O, I need Thee!”
If God is for us who can be against us? Nobody! God is the Judge of all men and in Christ, He has already justified us. Who can condemn us? Nobody! All trials and tribulations, sickness, sorrow, created things, angels or demons, poverty and even death nothing is able to separate us from the love of God found in Christ Jesus, our Lord! God knew and loved us from the foundation of the world. He called us, justified and glorified us. He shall perfect all concerning us, even to the end! (Rom 8:31-39).
“Where would I’ve been, You only know
I’m glad You see, thru eyes of love
A hopeless case, an empty grave, if not for grace…
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
I once was lost, but now I’m found…
Thank You Jesus…”
Does your heart sing? Do you feel like dancing? Do you feel like shouting the name of Jesus? I do…JESUS……
“And now, Give thanks! Let the weak say I am strong! Let the poor say: I am rich! For what the Lord has done, for us…..Give thanks!”
In Christ I declare:
I am saved! I am delivered!
God is on my side! That is why I live!
Nobody can steal my salvation!
In the midst of trials, for as long as I live, God will always make a way of escape for me!
I give thanks to God!
All the glory to the Lamb upon the throne!
In Jesus name