Praise to the God Who Delivers
Melanie Davis Porter
Day: 42 | Plan: Even If
Today's Reading: Psalm 116
Psalm 116:6b (ESV) " … when I was brought low, he saved me."
Two years ago, police officers rang our doorbell with the news that my step-daughter and son-in-law had died in a car accident. We were rushed to notify their children before the accident details slipped out on social media. Can I be honest with you? Parts of Psalm 116, like "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints" (Psalm 116:15) overwhelm my heart. Other parts, like our key verse " … when I was brought low, he saved me" (Psalm 116:6b) bring me great comfort.
In this Hallel hymn of thanksgiving, (see the More Moments section for information on Hallel) we see the psalmist's heartfelt and spontaneous response to a rescuing God who saved him from overwhelming sorrows and suffering. His faith was hard-pressed, but he cried out to God, saying, "I believed, even when I spoke: 'I am greatly afflicted'" (Psalm 116:10).
The psalmist's radical faith speaks to the pungency of suffering, yet shouts the goodness of God and His character. This Scripture reminds us that our covenant-keeping God is the only One to depend on in times of pain. Over and over, he stated how God delivered him:
- From the snares of death, pangs of Sheol, distress and anguish. (Psalm 116:3)
- From death, tears and impending peril. (Psalm 116:8)
- From affliction. (Psalm 116:10)
He embraced God in his sorrow and celebrated his rescue with praise.
Though trials may overwhelm, we truly can't experience God's comfort or deliverance apart from suffering. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Suffering produces dependency and obedience where intimate fellowship can grow. (Psalm 119:71) Suffering takes us to a new level of faith. Tested faith joyfully answers with sincere praise.
I wonder, do we live in this radical realm of faith where we know that God is the end-all solution for the hurts we encounter? For every loss, every disappointment, even death?
One Hebrew translation for the word precious (Psalm 116:15) means costly. This verse reveals prophetically that God ardently understands the cost of death. After all, He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins.
If He cares so much for the death of His faithful saints, don't you think He cares about how we live? Scripture tells us He values the sparrows, so we know He cares immensely more about us. (Matthew 6:26; 10:29)
Whether God delivers us from life's hardships or He delivers us from a broken heart, we must cling to the covenantal truth that He is the only One who will deliver. For this reason alone, the God who hears our pleas deserves our highest praise.
In my personal grief, I've been brought low, but He mercifully saves me daily. Hallelujah!
Prayer: Father, some days my heart feels like it's been buffed with sandpaper, leaving me raw and bleeding. Help me seek the comfort and deliverance that only You can bring. Thank You for hearing my plea and for caring about every detail that touches my life. May my testimony of comfort and rescue be lifted in glorious praise for all to see. In Jesus' name, amen.
Psalm 116 is one of six Hallel psalms used to observe Jewish feasts. Hallel comes from the word... Read More
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