Just How God Will Deliver Us

Isaiah 46--4

The Verse of the Day for September 10, 2015 is taken from Isaiah 46:4 in the New Living Translation:

I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

The same verse is rendered this way in the New King James version:

Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

The closing promise that God will deliver brought to mind a poem originally composed in the first person with a single individual in mind, but the work has currently been revised to refer to individuals in this way:

Just How God Will Deliver Us

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves,

that we should not trust in ourselves,

but in God which raises the dead:

Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver,

in whom we trust that he will still deliver us;

1 Corinthians 1:8-9

Just how God will deliver us we do not know,

But of His unfailing love and power we are sure:

He can send a raven and command a widow

To sustain Elijah and all who will endure.

Though He may not be early, God is never late.

We rest in knowing that our Father is faithful,

As we trust Him, learning to labor and to wait.

For each promise fulfilled we are ever grateful

And express our gratitude in word and in deed.

We sense there never was a more perilous time

But keep walking by faith wherever Christ may lead,

For grand mountain vistas await the ones who climb.

The hand of God brought us thus far along the way,

And we shall finish our course is all we can say.

The following poem is also revised to say “Protect us” and comes from a teaching series entitled “A Five-fold Prayer,” where we recognize who God is and what He will do:

As children run to safety in their father’s arms,

So we, too, run to you, “our shelter from life’s storms.”

Lord, we long to dwell with you in the secret place,

our buckler, our shield, deliverer, our fortress,

Strong tower, defender, who responds to our prayer.

For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish us

And protect us and deliver us from evil.

I make reference to God as “our deliverer who knows us by name,” in a poem originally inspired by series of teachings from Nehemiah related to rebuilding the wall and restoring the gates of Jerusalem:

A Prayer While Waiting at the Horse Gate

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:

but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 20:7

May we remember the source of true strength at this gate,

As we recall the matchless name of the Almighty,

Who may seem to tarry but, indeed, is never late.

May we understand His ways, for we have eyes to see,

As we come to recognize that God is our resource,

While we are striving toward the place of our destiny.

May we not place our trust in a chariot or horse,

Symbolic of authority, worldly goods and power,

But trust in God and not presume to chart our own course.

May we come to know God as our defense, our strong tower,

Our deliverer who knows us by name, the all-wise one,

Who calls us into the Kingdom for this very hour.

God gives power and renews the strength of those who wait.

May we remember the source of true strength at this gate.

I conclude this blog entry with the closing verse from my favorite psalm: Psalm 27:14:

Wait on the Lord, be of courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.

Here is a magnificent rendition of this verse in song offered by Donnie McClurkin and Karen Clark Sheard:

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