Devotions for Lent–Songs of Deliverance

You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. (Ps 32:7, ESV)

“Deliverance” is one of the giant words of the Scriptures. It is a broadly inclusive term which describes: (1) forgiveness of sin, (2) redemption from eternal death, (3) recovery of physical health, (4) release from spiritual bondage and (5) rescue from difficult situations. As our Savior, Jesus has become our Deliverer. The essence of the meaning of salvation is deliverance. (Jack Hayford)

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. (Act 16:25-26 NKJ)

`You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” …….And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.  (2Ch 20:17; 21-22 NKJ)

David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD rescued him from the power of all his enemies, including Saul. (2Sa 22:1 NET)

If God can deliver Paul and Silas from their prison, and Judah from the overwhelming forces that surrounded them, and King David from his enemies, then God can deliver you! We’re told that God inhabits the praises of his people. When you start singing, and your praise goes up, God joins in and comes down to set you free.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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