The Treasury of DavidLesson 12 -the god of deliverance
The God of Deliverance
“Oh, give thanks unto the Lord! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1) Five times in this psalm we are encouraged to praise God’s everlasting mercies. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered from the hand of the enemy.” (Psalm 107:2 It is the responsibility of the redeemed to tell others of God’s great mercy. They need to hear of the wonderful ways God helps His people. We should join creation in praising God.
1. The Wandering Wayfarer
(Psalm 107:4-9) The wanderer is traveling without direction. They are weary of travel and cannot find rest, but when they cry out to God, He changes their desolate way into the right way. (Vs 4, 9) He changes their location from no city to dwell in to a city of habitation. (Vs 4, 7) Because their soul fainted they cried out to God and He filled their hungry soul.
In response they sing, I am satisfied.”
2. The Persecuted Prisoner
(Psalm 107:10-16) The prisoner has lost their freedom. There are many types of prisons. Anything which has stolen our liberty has become our slave-master. The prisoner who once sat in darkness has been brought into the light. (Vs 14) They were bound in affliction but when they cried out to God, He broke the chains that held them captive. God has broken the bronze gates and cut the iron bars. (Vs 16) “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
They begin singing their song of redemption, I am free.
3. The Dying Diseased
(Psalm 107:17-22) The diseased have lost their health. It is a fearful experience to know we have a medical problem which the doctors consider incurable. This is one of our greatest tests of faith. They were afflicted but God sent His word and healed them. (Vs 17-20) They drew near to death but God delivered them. They even hated the thought of food but now they feast with thanksgiving.
I am healed, they sing.
4. The Struggling Sailor
(Psalm 107:23-32) There are many different types of storms in life. There are times when a business deal can turn into a storm. These verses speak of sailors who are caught in a storm on the ocean and are overcome by the stormy waves. They cried out to God and He gave them victory over the deadly waves. God calmed their stormy sea. (Vs 29) Their soul melted within them but God calmed the storm. (Vs. 26, 29) They were at their wits end and don’t know what to do. (Vs 27) God gave them a song of deliverance.
I am safe, they sing.
Three Great Storms of Life
The psalmist says that oppression is a great storm. There are times in life when an authority figure begins to oppress us. Those who should be protecting us begin persecuting us. God promises to help us during this difficult time. Or a close relationship can turn bad and we suffer abuse from someone we love. God is able to deliver us from these difficult situations.
He also says that affliction is a great storm. The word “affliction” comes from a root word that means bad or evil. This can be anything in our lives which the enemy uses to attack us. Jesus taught us to pray for deliverance from evil. God has promised to deliver us.
Finally, he says that sorrow is a great storm. Grief is a terrible burden. Our hearts ache because of the end of a relationship. Sometimes we grieve the most over relationships which have gone bad. We cannot help grieving but Jesus promised we would not grieve alone. He promised the Holy Spirit would be our comforter to stand alongside us and help us. We sorrow, but not like those who have no hope. (I Thessalonians 4:13)
Oh, that Men Would Give Thanks to the Lord, for His Goodness, and for His Wonderful Works to the Children of Men! (Psalm 107:31)
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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton
Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry.
He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.