God's Deliverance

Scripture: Psalm 116:8-9, ‘For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.’


Observations: The Psalmist talks about a near death experience, where ‘the snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol (or the grave) laid hold on me. (v3)’ He doesn’t describe his circumstances other than to say that he was ‘greatly afflicted (v10)’ and that the Lord had ‘loosed his bonds. (v16, which may just be referring to the ‘snares of death.’)’ But whatever the circumstances were he called on the name of the Lord, who graciously delivered him (v4-7). The Lord delivered his soul from death, his eyes from tears, and his feet from stumbling. It’s possible that the idea of stumbling may refer to sin, in which case these three things may describe his physical, emotional and spiritual state. Whatever the case the result is that he ‘will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.’ The term ‘walk’ often refers to our ‘spiritual walk’ especially when it’s connected with the phrase ‘before the Lord.’ The Psalmist actually goes on to describe how he will respond to the Lord for his deliverance (v12-19).


Application: You may have experienced God’s deliverance from a near death experience, or maybe from something less serious, but as Christians we have all experienced God’s deliverance from our sins and an eternity in hell. And we may have experienced God’s deliverance form our tears we look forward to the day when all our tears will be wiped away. And while we experience God’s deliverance from particular sins we look forward to the day when we will be made perfect. We have experienced the deliverance of the Lord, and like the psalmist we have been given the opportunity to ‘walk before the Lord in the land of the living.’ In light of your deliverance how are you walking?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You have saved me from death, not in the sense that I won’t die, but in the fact that death no longer has any hold over me. Like Your Son Jesus rose from the grave so too will I rise to eternal life. And Lord, You have filled my life with joy and hope, You have delivered me from tears, and I look forward to the day when there will be no more sadness or pain. And Lord, You have delivered my life from sin. Keep my from stumbling that I may walk in Your ways and for Your glory. Lord, because of Your mercy and grace I will praise You as long as I live. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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