Deliverance Comes from the Lord
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I will rescue him; I will protect him,
for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
Loving the Lord
The very first part of this passage is dependent upon us. We are to love the Lord. Jesus tells us:
23 … “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
No matter what we say, or how emotionally passionate we are for God, if we are not obeying His teaching, we are not loving Him. Obedience to God and His Word is the key and cornerstone of love. And we will see how love is manifested in our lives in these two ways:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Obedience also is seen in how we react when we are told by God that we are to do something. God greatly desires immediate obedience (just as we do with our children):
10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him.
When we acknowledge God’s name – through the expression of His holy character in our lives – God says that He will protect and rescue us. There are many people in the world who claim the name of Christ, yet live lives that are indistinguishable to the person who says that they hate God and embraces the world and its views. The psalmists tell us:
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
1 Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, 2 who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. 3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.
When we call on God’s name, He promises to protect us. Although He protects us, He does so:
- Within His plan,
- In His timing,
- For His glory
Sometimes that may mean that we are martyred. Sometimes that means that we are kept from the consequences of other people’s sin. Sometimes that is the protection of our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. But we need to have an eternal perspective when looking at this promise. For instance:
32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
A Qualifying Question
So let’s ask ourselves a question: When we are seeking God’s rescue and protection, are we loving God in the way that He asks us to love Him?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, Thank You for your Word, and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for my sins. Thank You for all that You provide, for every breath, all that I have, all that I can do, and even the ability to think is a gift from You. Father, I am surrounded on all sides by situations and people who threaten me. Rescue me from evil, Father, for I hate it as You do. Display in me and through me Your love. Help me to be immediately obedient when I see things in Your Word that I require adjustment in my life so that I will be in alignment with it. Guard my heart, and protect me from my enemies, for I love You, and greatly desire to acknowledge Your name and character to all the world. Remember me Lord – act divinely upon my behalf. Cover me with Your protection, and may Your peace surround me and protect my thoughts and emotions as I cease striving and watch You work in these circumstances. This I pray in the precious and mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen.