5 Forms of Deliverance That God Provides His People
April 25, 2017 Year A
God delivers. He is not just a delivery man that brings good things to you. Instead, God provides ways to deliver His people through difficult circumstances and situations. God delivered His people Israel and He will do the same for you.
1. God uses circumstances for His advantage (Psalm 114:1)
“When Israel came out of Egypt— the house of Jacob from a people who spoke a foreign language —” (Psalm 114:1, HCSB)
This passage reflects on the fact that God’s people were foreigners in Egypt. Yet, God did not let that foreigner status give them a disadvantage. Instead, He used it to their advantage. God used the Egyptians to give His people favor, even as they were leaving slavery.
“And the Lord gave the people such favor in the Egyptians’ sight that they gave them what they requested. In this way they plundered the Egyptians.” (Exodus 12:36, HCSB)
It is also as if God showered them with gifts from their enemies just to prove to His people that He would deliver them and provide for them. God does the same thing for you – if you will pay attention.
2. God provides a place of security (Psalm 114:2)
“Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion.” (Psalm 114:2, HCSB)
As the Israelites were leaving Egypt, they were surely scared and vulnerable. Judah means “praise.” Israel means “Governed by God.” So God is showing that He will govern our affairs. He will take care of us during our difficult circumstances. All we have to do is follow and praise Him.
3. God parts the seas and mountains to provide a path (Psalm 114:3-6)
“The sea looked and fled; the Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills, like lambs. Why was it, sea, that you fled? Jordan, that you turned back? Mountains, that you skipped like rams? Hills, like lambs?” (Psalm 114:3–6, HCSB)
The Red Sea parted so that God’s people could begin their journey to the Promised Land. The Jordan river parted forty years later so that the same people could enter the Promised Land.
Just as God parted the waters for His people, He also united the waters to support as He walked on them.
“When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.” (Matthew 14:26, HCSB)
God leveled mountain-sized obstacles and cleared water-flooded paths for His people. He will do the same for you.
4. God submits nature to Himself (Psalm 114:7)
“Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,” (Psalm 114:7, HCSB)
God makes the earth tremble in His presence. He can make nature submit to Him. God can literally move Heaven and Earth to help you.
5. God turns solids into liquids (Psalm 114:8)
“who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.” (Psalm 114:8, HCSB)
God can even change physics in order to do what He wants to be done. He can pour liquids out of solids. He can turn solid rock into a pool of water. God can manipulate science to help provide and deliver for you. It’s not impossible for God to work outside of the normal rules of science. They are called miracles. These miracles are designed to strengthen a person’s faith in God. God does these miracles to prove that you and I can trust Him.
“I am going to stand there in front of you on the rock at Horeb; when you hit the rock, water will come out of it and the people will drink.” Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exodus 17:6, HCSB)
“He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint-like rock for you.” (Deuteronomy 8:15, HCSB)
God provides forms of deliverance because we are a needy people. We need help from God often. This psalm was written to help us reflect on our need for God. The reminders of His past intervention to help deliver me can help me today in the present, as well as the future.