RECEIVING GOD’S DELIVERANCE
“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress. my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.” (Psalm 59:6-7)
When 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that God hears from heaven, one idea is that when God hears us cry out to Him, He delivers us from oppression.
Have you ever had an enemy who had it in for you? You couldn’t escape and his or her attack seemed relentless. David in the Bible understood this. If you will remember, God had rejected King Saul because of his insensitivity and outright disobedience to God. In David, God found a man after His own heart. God chose David to be the next king, even before Saul was off the scene, which ticked Saul off. Saul’s anger gave birth to revenge, turning the latter part of Saul’s reign into a season of pursuit of David to kill him (1 Samuel 21-31 and 2 Samuel 1).
David used Saul’s attacks on him as an opportunity to pray for deliverance and to express these prayers by writing some of the Psalms (Psalm 18, 57, 59, 63, 70, and 142). The above passage is the last two verses of a psalm where David prays for God to protect him and fight his battle against Saul for him. Read the verses above again.
David saw God as a personal deliverer who also was a stronghold who loved him and strengthened him to persevere and find ultimate victory.
Oswald Chambers calls this the “Overshadowing of Personal Deliverance.” It is natural to pray for deliverance from an enemy, but often God allows us to experience persecution so that we will lean into Him and find that He is faithful. And when we are delivered, God gets the glory for His protection and provision of sustaining power.
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Application of God’s Truth
What opposition are you facing that you need God’s help to sustain you and protect you? Name your enemy. Cry out to God. Wait for His deliverance. Ask for a heart that loves God despite hardship.