Deliverer

sea-241665_640Daniel 6:27: He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”

This was the confession of a heathen king after seeing how the lions who surrounded Daniel all night in a den did not harm him at all (Daniel 6).

These were not sedated or tame lions as they later tore to pieces those thrown into the same den on the same day Daniel was removed. Daniel was preserved while others were destroyed. That is your portion.

David wrote that a thousand may fall by my left hand and ten thousand by my right, but no evil will come near my dwelling place (Psalm 91). He affirms the Lord is his deliverer, saying because it happens to others does not mean it will happen to him. No matter the pressure he faces, he comes out tops. It means whatever evil intention they have against him, they will not succeed. The enemy may want to destroy him but he came tops. The intention of his enemy over him will not come to pass.

In his time, David confronted many enemies. The first enemy he faced which will define his life for many years was a powerful one. It was King Saul, who deplored the power of the state against David. How will you feel having the power of the state was deployed against you? David had to run out of the country. He needed to really depend on God even in the midst of despair for his life.

He got into trouble for doing the right thing, for doing the necessary thing, something he was stirred by God to do, which was take Goliath’s head off his neck (1Samuel 17). So doing the right thing does not free you from persecution. It might actually be the precursor for it. Paul said those who will live righteous will suffer persecution (2Timothy 3:12). Jesus was killed for doing the will of God, and because of the amazing result he got, the religious leaders were jealous, and were set on having him dead (John 11:53).

It was also David’s moment of glory that stirred persecution against him because it worked to stir up jealousy in the heart of the king, who became set on ending his life. That was a powerful enemy but God was more powerful.

God delivered David from Saul, not by him organising an assassination attempt on him. He refused to “help God,” even though he was advised to do that.

Throughout his ordeal with the king, he maintained utmost respect for him. He had to wait until Saul got to his end in a battle with other nations. But that did not mean that David troubles were over. After God delivered him from Saul, he also delivered him from many more.

Soon after he was made king he needed to deal with the remnant of Saul’s loyalists. The bible says that the battle continued between the house of David and the house of Saul and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker and the house of David waxed stronger and stronger (2Samuel 3:1).

Eventually he became the king of the whole Israel but then he started facing bigger enemies, it was now his responsible to take care of not just his personal enemies but the enemies of the whole nation.

The kings of other nations fuelled by hate for Israel wanted to take out the nation and their king, and he needed to depend on God’s direction and he established himself as a formidable warrior king, with reputation that lasts even to this day. He stands as the deliverer for Israel, helped by God.

David acknowledges God. He said he is the one who trains his hands to bend a bow of steel, he said through God he runs through a troop and he leaps over a wall (Psalm 18). He accomplished great things because God is his deliverer.

God even delivered him from his own son Absalom, who nurtured an ambition to remove his father from the throne to become king. David was the anointed one. He is the one who replaced Saul but God’s ordination, but Absalom wanted to take over by his own scheming. He almost succeeded, because all Israel went after Absalom, they followed him in his rebellion, seeking do away with David.

All were against him, but God being with him evens out the odd. In the end, it was Absalom who died while David who had to run away from Jerusalem was restored to his kingship (2Samuel 15:1-18-33, Psalm 3).

He was not expecting the attack by his son. He had experienced fiery jealousy from a jealous king, the enemy of rival kings, but he was shocked by Absalom’s treachery. It was the height of it. It was a stab in the back, a betrayal. But God fought for David. Driven by revenge Absalom was driven to his death, and David was delivered.

David praised God who delivered him from many dangers, from his many enemies. Though he faced many hurdles he succeeded because trusted in God. He wrote: some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our God (Psalm 20:7). You never found him doubting God. And the bible says that those who trust in God will be like mount Zion that can never be moved (Psalm 125:1).

The one who fixes his eyes on God, on Jesus, will not sink in the water of life. Jesus walked on water to the disciples on the boat on the Sea of Galilee, and he asked Peter to come towards him on the water which was an impossible task by natural thinking (Matthew 14:22-32). But he walked, setting his eyes on Jesus. But when he started paying more attention to the boisterous wind and the rising wave, he sunk. When he cried out to Jesus, he lifted him up, delivering him, and he was brought safely back to the boat.

Jesus said he is with us always even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). He delivers from all dangers. The primary thing Jesus delivers us from is sin (Matthew 1:21). And by giving us his nature, we come into peace. He said he gives us his peace not the way the world gives (John 14:27).

We are delivered from eternal damnation. He becomes our gateway to heaven, to freeing us from eternal damnation. He opens our eyes, freeing us from blindness, and when he teaches us, he deliverers us from ignorance. He said: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor (Luke 4:18-19).

The bible says that by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). So while he was being beaten and battered in the hands of the Roman authority all stirred up by the devil, we are moved into the rest from ill-health. So his wounds were our deliverance. He proclaimed deliverance for the captives via his own body.

Proving the fact of our resurrection, Paul said that we were buried with him and are also raised up with him to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4). We do not just follow God, he also follows us with his presence. Jesus is alive in us and as he is the deliverer. We get to be his operational base on the earth as we extend deliverance to the captives through his name.

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