The Verse of the Day for November 20, 2015 comes from Psalm 95:1-2 and serves as prelude to Thanksgiving Day, the coming holiday observed on the fourth Thursday in November:
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the believer, every day is a celebration whereby we come into God’s presence with hearts overflowing with gratitude.
In examining previous blog entries from the Psalms, I came across this particular post that provides great encouragement at this time. I am re-posting an entry based on another verse from the Book of Psalms:
You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.
The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:
10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil; He preserves the lives of His saints (the children of God), He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
The closing phrase brings to mind Isaiah 46:4, rendered 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 promise that God will deliver caused me to think of a poem composed a few years ago, but I revised it and now recognize that it has a timeless message that echoes in our lives today:
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 this we do not know,
But of His unfailing love and power we are sure:
He can send ravens or simply command a widow
To sustain Elijah and all those who will endure.
Although He may not be early, our God is never late.
We rest in knowing that God, our Father, is faithful,
As we trust in Him, learning to labor and to wait.
For each promise fulfilled we are ever so grateful,
And we express our gratitude in word and in deed.
Despite the challenge, God has been there time after time.
Each day we will walk by faith wherever Christ may lead,
Knowing grand mountain vistas await all those who climb.
The hand of God has brought us thus far along the way,
And we will finish our course is all we have to say.
In thinking about God as a deliverer, I also recall lyrics to another original song:
I Will Deliver You
I will deliver you from the snare of the fowler.
As a bird escapes from the cage, so I will release you from captivity.
I will lift you up, out of the hand of your fiercest enemy.
I will draw you to myself and hide you under the safety of my wing.
I will deliver you from the raging deep waters.
The sea shall not overwhelm you, but I will bring you through the storms in peace.
I will lift you up, and bear you up on the wings of an eagle.
I will provide for you and hide you in my secret dwelling place.
These lyrics bring to mind yet another song of great comfort and assurance: “My Deliverer” offered by Chris Tomlin: