The Verse of the Day for February 7, 2017 comes from Psalm 97:10 (NKJV)
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 brings to mind this poem recently posted in an entry entitled “The Art of Listening”:
Listen to Me
Listen to me. Open your ears and clearly hear
I have always been there. Though you had not perceived
My presence in the wasteland, I was ever near.
Indeed, I knew you before you were first conceived.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He
Who still holds you and causes you to remember.
I open deaf ears and cause blinded eyes to see
The passion that consumes your soul was once an ember.
Though I seem to be delayed, I will not tarry
But will return for the faithful ones who remain:
Those whom I have made those I will also carry;
Those whom I have called by name I will sustain.
Rest in me: I will perform all I said to do.
Know that I will sustain you and will rescue you.
In response to the truth that God has promised to rescue those who call upon His name, we can be assured that He will. Just as he has delivered us in times past, we know that He will once more come to our rescue. As the lyrics to the song so clearly proclaim: “We may not know how/We may not know when, but He’ll do it again”, just as this poem reminds us:
Just How God Will Deliver Us
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: