In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.
Psalm 71:2 (NIV)
One morning a friend called unexpectedly. She needed to vent about some things that were happening in her life. Although we had talked about these same issues for hours on several occasions, there still didn’t seem to be a dramatic change in her situation nor in her level of peace. As I began to offer advice, there was one lesson that stood out the most. It was the fact that our God deeply desires to personally deliver us. It sounds so simple until we are the ones on our knees, desperately crying out for him to intervene in our lives. The Bible is candid about the fact that we will all have many trials but we don’t have to despair. Psalms 34:19 says, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”
While it is true that the word deliver means to save, rescue, set-free, redeem and release; the goal of deliverance is not just for God to set us free. In Exodus 19:4, He says, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that the purpose of deliverance is to bring us into a personal relationship with God? Only then will we find true freedom that will never be taken away.
I told her that during a stormy season in my life, I also tried to talk to anyone who would listen. But, in the midst of it all, I could hear God speak to my heart and invite me to tell him instead. Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” I realized, regretfully, that I was casting my cares on others and not completely on God.
Only after I went into a deeper walk with the LORD, did I began to see things shift for the better in my life. I have no doubt that this was his plan all along. I am so overcome with gratitude that he didn’t allow me to depend on humans, who were only flesh and blood. He heard my prayers and offered himself to me. At Psalms 50:15, God says that after we call on him and he delivers us, then we will honor him. I have seen his mercy and blessings firsthand and I live to testify, to all who will listen, that God is good! Bring your troubles to him and he will be faithful. He’ll never let you down. Even if it seems as if nothing is happening, keep worshiping and praising him, eventually you will see what he was doing all along. Always remember that God is our deliverer and no one else.