THE LORD IS OUR DELIVERER

"I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings" (Psalms 40:1-2)

Leslie M John

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD”
(Psalms 40:1-3)

An affluent man or one in his prime youth does seldom think of devoting his precious time to honor his Maker, the Almighty God.  As long as his blood runs hot in his arteries he seeks to fulfill his heart’s desire of enjoying the worldly pleasures and passions.  However a time comes when he would realize that he is struck with some serious disease as a consequence of immoral life, and then he seeks to find peace and tranquility and to add to it forgiveness from God.

King David’s life was no exception to such passions that ran high in his early days of his kingship, and he felt the pinch of it, as he describes in Psalm 38, when he was struck with an unknown disease.

“For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness” (Psalms 38:4-5)

David committed sin and sank into deep mire clog, a slippery ground, where he could not stand firm, and from there he slipped again into deep waters (symbolic of deep troubles).  He realized that he committed blunders in his life, and then, prayed to God to deliver him, not only from the troubles he was in, but also from those who hated him.

While he was in great trouble, and as he prayed, the LORD delivered him from his troubles, and placed him on a rock of safety, securing his feet firmly.  He felt as if he was in a miry clog in a cistern to be destroyed just as Joseph was put in cistern by his brothers before he was sold into the hands of Midianites.   Jeremiah the prophet, who came nearly 300 years after David, also suffered a similar imprisonment in the cistern on false charges (cf. Jeremiah 38:6). 

It was usual in those days to confine the offenders to cisterns where there was no water but mire.  One, who is delivered out of such miserable condition, knows the importance of freedom, and expresses gratitude to the LORD who delivered him.  This kind of confinement was too harsh for anyone to tolerate, especially to David, and he feels so comfortable when the LORD delivered him from the cistern, where he was stuck in mire clog.

He waited patiently for the LORD, and the LORD came near to Him and heard his cry. The LORD drew him up from the pit of destruction and out of miry clog and set his feet upon a rock and made his steps secure.

As his feet were secured on a rock he sings a new song, which the LORD placed in his mouth, a song of praise to our God, as a reward for waiting patiently on Him.  His life of singing, praising, and honoring the LORD, was exemplary for many who would fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.

Waiting on the LORD will not go in vain. All things work for good for those, who cast their burden on the Lord, for Him to take care and trust Him.  Psalmist advises us to be of good courage and as we develop to have good courage in Him He strengthens our hearts and speaks to us in our hearts revealing what is good and what is not.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently on Him.  Do not worry seeing the heathen prosper in their ways that might be a pursuit to accumulate wealth in wrong ways. The wrong pursuit of gaining wealth and pleasures of this world may appear to be good for a short while, but the end thereof would be very bad. 

As the children of God, we are not here to gain wealth, prosperity and secular power.  Gather treasures in heaven, where moth does not corrupt our possessions, and where our possessions last forever.

Psalmist, therefore, prays to the LORD to hear his cry in order that peace may not be withheld from favoring him. He acknowledges that he is a stranger in this world, and a sojourner as were his forefathers.  His faith in the LORD was great. He says the LORD hid him in his pavilion, when he was in times of troubles, and he believed that in the secret place of LORD’s tabernacle did He hide him, and thereafter set him upon a rock. He knew that the steps of the good man were ordered by the LORD and therefore, his delight was to follow the LORD’s ways.

David, having found solace in the LORD and having being delivered from troubles advises all of us to sing to the LORD a new song, and play skillfully musical instruments with loud noise. He says the righteous will laugh at the wicked and fear the LORD.

Blessed is the one who trusts the LORD and does not turn to the proud, and to those who go astray after a lie. Honor the Son of God, lest He would be angry and you perish from the way.  Blessed are all those who fear Him and put their trust in Him.  Make a decision today that you would not set a wicked thing before your eyes.  Those, who turn aside from the LORD, are hateful to the righteous, and the righteous will not cleave to them.

(cf. Psalms 2:12; 27:5, 14; 33:3; 37:7, 23; 39:12, 52:6, 7;69:2; 69:14; 101:3)


Death DefeatedDEATH DEFEATED

The resurrection of believers in Christ when Christ shall come again will be in the changing of corruptible bodies to incorruptible bodies in the twinkling of an eye. Apostle Paul described it in 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 where he wrote that it was a mystery that was revealed. He wrote that we shall not all sleep but will be changed and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, when our corruptible bodies will put on incorruptible bodies and rise to immortality. The sting of death, which is sin, and the strength of sin, which is the law, puts man to death, but the death is swallowed up in victory for the believers in Christ. God gives victory over death through Lord Jesus Christ. It is in this context that he said: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55) When we rise from the graves we also sing “O death, where is thy sting” O grave, where is thy victory?

This e-book explains about Paul’s assertion in 1 Corinthians 15:55 and encourages to have hope in future. This book shows how life does not end at death but continues beyond the death. The death is transformation of earthly bodies into glorified bodies. It shows how we will be with the Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever after Pre-tribulation ‘Rapture’. It has exposition on ‘Millennium’, and invites to receive salvation which is by grace of God through faith in Him.