“He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters;  He delivered me from my strong enemy,  and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place: He delivered me, because He delighted in me.” (2 Samuel 22: 17 – 20)

            This month is going to be a month of deliverance. Believe it! Maybe the evil one has created havoc in the past. The LORD says, “I am going to deliver you and your family.” This is the song of David, whose heart was in tune with heavenly harmony. This song of deliverance in itself is the most marvelous deliverance that has ever been experienced by a mortal being. What depth of personal experience is revealed in these glowing exulted words? A full sense of the greatness of God’s salvation is explained. This is enough to make the dumb to sing the sweetness, when  the eloquent worldly cannot sing. There are five attributes of God’s deliverance.

  1. GOD IS OUR HELPER: “He sent from above …..” (2 Samuel 22: 17). God’s hand came from above and had a grip on David. He was in a dire need. His need was so great that saving help could come only from above. Help came from above when God sent Samuel to David with a divine call and holy oil of anointing. Help came when God delivered the distressed David and granted him victory over Goliath. This month the LORD says to you,“My help shall come from above. The evil one shall be put to shame.” When David killed Goliath with a sling and a stone, he did not fall behind but fell upon his face to the Earth. God’s powerful hand came from above and knocked him from behind. This month, your help will never come from the north, south, east or west. Your timely help will come from the LORD who made the Heaven and the Earth.
  2. GOD IS OUR REDEEMER: “ … He took me …” (2 Samuel 22: 17). David’s sweet testimony was, “God could have taken and chosen someone else but He took me out.” Here is the picture of a slave market. In a slave market, those who are taken as captives are sold as slaves. When the rich walks through the market to select a suitable slave, the eyes of the slaves will be upon the master himself as to whom he would select and where would that slave be placed. David says,“I was a slave kept there but when the LORD passed by, His eyes of compassion redeemed me.” If you are bound by satan or some secret sins, this month the LORD says, “My child! You feel that problems and cares of this world try to overwhelm you. I am going to redeem you from that slave market.” David says, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay.”(Psalm 40: 2).“Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me” (Psalm 69: 1 & 2). The salvation of His people through Christ is a very personal matter. He took us out from debts, miry clay of sin, sick bed, calamities, confusions, harm, danger and spiritual Egypt. The price that He paid to redeem us is the precious blood of Jesus. You are in a tight corner, but the LORD says, “At any cost, I will redeem you.”
  1. GOD IS OUR RESCUER: “….. He drew me out of many waters.” (2 Samuel 22:17). ‘Many waters’ stand for problems, difficulties and hardships. The picture here is a man in a raging sea who is about to get drowned. He does not know swimming. He gets suffocated as he struggles and cries for help. Yet moment by moment, he is getting drowned. At that time, someone jumps into the waters and rescues him. Isaiah 25:11 says,“And He shall spread forth His hands in the midst of them, as He that swimmeth spreadeth forth His hands to swim…..” When our LORD Jesus Christ stretched out His hands on Calvary, it was as if He was getting ready to jump into the ocean to rescue us. When people watch you struggle and about to get drowned, some would be glad, few would be sad and some others would sympathize and few others would condemn you but nobody would rescue you. The LORD says, “At that moment, like a rescuer, I will jump in to rescue you.” The LORD rescued David out of the waters of danger when He delivered him out of the hands of murderous Saul. When David’s own men rose up against him to stone him, the LORD rescued him from the waters of affliction. The LORD rescued David from the waters of guilt when he sinned against Him. The salvation of God that we experienced, drew us out from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His dear Son. He will turn your affliction into jubilation, your sorrow into joy and danger into safety.
  1. GOD IS OUR DELIVERER: “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me” (2 Samuel 22:18). In fact Goliath and Saul were too strong for David, but they were not stronger than the God of David. The temptations that you face maybe too strong in your life. But greater is He that is in you than he that is against you. For the last ten months, the world, the flesh and the evil one that worked against you were too strong for you but the LORD will deliver you. Those who fight in their own strength will find out to their loss that their enemy is too strong. Jehoshaphat and his people faced enemies that were too strong for them. Jehoshaphat cried, “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NASB). The reply from God was, “Listen, do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (Vs 15). What happened to their enemies? “….. behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped” (Vs 24). When the LORD delivers you, all your enemies will lose their power and become lifeless. This month confess saying, “LORD, You are my deliverer.”
  2. GOD IS OUR SATISFIER:“…He brought me forth also into a large place…”(2 Samuel 22:20). This not only talks about materialistic blessings but also spiritual blessings. The LORD is going to take you from a small place to an enlarged place. This large place also refers to enlarged divine possibilities and new opportunities. Hitherto, you were so unsatisfied and felt empty. But the LORD is going to enlarge your physical and spiritual boundary. “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place”(Psalm 66: 12). God will bring you to a wealthy place. The spiritual import is that God will bring in a spiritual prosperity. As the Shepherd brings his sheep to green pastures, the LORD will lead you to satisfy you. This month is a month of spiritual satisfaction. We find a paradox in Psalm 107: 26: “They mount up to the Heaven, they go down again to the depths….” They scale higher spiritual experiences on one day and hit the depths of depression on the next day. This talks about inconsistent spiritual life. “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven” (Vs 27 – 30). The condition to experience these five types of blessings is found in the last part of the key verse. “…..because He is delighted in me” (2 Samuel 22:20). This is the sweet note in the song of the saved. Take this as a challenge. Set aside all your problems, struggles and troubles. Find out ways how you can delight the heart of your God in all that you do and say. Tell the LORD, “LORD, I will make Your heart glad.” It is more important to make the LORD delight in you than you delight in Him. Let the testimony of our LORD Jesus concerning Himself become our motto. “…..for I do always those things that please Him” (John 8: 29). The important word in this verse is “always.”  Please God always, not once in a while or most of the time. When we please the LORD always, the LORD promises the following verse.

“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”

(Isaiah 62: 4)