From a previous blog post comes the following revised entry that examines the verb “to deliver” as used in the Old Testament as well in the New Testament:
The Verse of the Day for June 24, 2016 reminds us of exactly who God is and what He will do:
2 Thessalonians 3:3:
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil
Throughout the Bible we see the faithfulness of God, who never fails to deliver those who serve Him.
In the Old Testament some form of the verb palat, the Hebrew word for “deliver,” is translated “to pluck out of the hands of an oppressor or enemy; to preserve, recover, remove; to deliver from danger, evil, trouble; to be delivered, to escape.” Note how the term is used in Psalm 31:1-5 in the New Living Translation:
O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
2 Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
3 You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
4 Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.
5 I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.
Take a look at Psalm 18:1-2 (NLT):
For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:
1 I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
In the New Testament the Greek verb ruomai is translated “to draw or snatch to one’s self from danger, to rescue, to deliver.”
In the poem “Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord, “my personal testimony expressed poetically, I make reference being rescued from of a horrible situation:
With lovin arms you reached way down
And snatched me from Satan’s outhouse,
Sought me and flat-out rescued me,
Fixed me up in my Father’s house.
Although the Verse of the Day uses the expression “keep from evil,” we recognize a similar phrase in the prayer that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke before his crucifixion:
John 17:15 (New Living Translation)
15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
We are, of course, familiar with closing words of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:13 from the King James Version:
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
The New Living Translation renders the verse this way:
And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
II Timothy 4:18 also reminds us
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever.
The poem “Protect Me,” from a series of teachings entitled “A Five-fold Prayer,”reinforces the message that God is faithful and that He will deliver, just as He promised:
As a child runs to safety in his father’s arms,
So I, too, run to you, “my shelter from life’s storms.”
Lord, I long to dwell with you in the secret place,
My buckler, my shield, deliverer, my fortress,
Strong tower, defender, who responds to my prayer.
For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish me
And protect me and deliver me from evil.
Clint Brown provides a musical version of Psalm 18 which speaks of God as “my fortress and my deliverer.”
Listen to this musical reminder that “The Lord is Faithful” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)