I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
I was a drifter, I had nowhere to go
I was hanging by threads of dust and bone
every angel I knew, was singing son come home
but the melody, was hard to sing alone
oh God you're my deliverer
the one, the one who carries us
That’s the opening verse from Matt Maher’s hit “Deliverer,” a song you’ve probably heard many times here at KCWN. The single was released almost 5 years ago, but we still play it often and for good reason - I think most of us can relate to times in life when we’ve felt like that drifter. Nowhere to go, barely hanging on and wondering how in the world we’re ever going to make it… and then God, our deliverer, picks us up and carries us through the storms of life.
I thought a lot about deliverance eight years ago; my struggles with chronic pain seemed to be amplifying by the day, and my soul was paralyzed with fear and dread. Back then God saving me had only one possible outcome - the cessation of my pain and restoration to the life of self-directed activity I once knew. When that didn’t happen, I fell apart, both emotionally and spiritually. Yet I can look at my life today and see the many ways God did answer my prayers for help - it just happened in ways I would have never expected!
Leroy Eims from The Navigators shares his thoughts about this topic in his devotional “God’s Deliverers.” He retells the tale of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison, and the many unique and unexpected ways God chose to accomplish this feat. How does Peter relate to us today? Eims offers this wisdom and encouragement:
God can rescue you just as easily as He rescued Peter. But there are times when God’s deliverance doesn’t fit the mold of human wisdom. God’s ways are not our ways. We must accept the fact that God knows what He’s doing and fall in step with Him by faith, like Peter did. Maybe you’re facing a situation right now that needs God’s touch. Ask the Lord to send deliverance, but don’t be surprised if it comes in an unexpected way.
Do you need God’s help today? Cry out to him - and be prepared for the unexpected!