Trust Him…God Will Deliver You (Psalm 18:33-36)
A hind is a deer. They walk, run and leap in slippery places, yet they remain unharmed. It is amazing how these creatures are able to thrive in areas with such dangerous terrain. When I think about them, it brings to mind Psalm 18:33; "He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places." These creatures are constantly delivered from falling. The idea is how God has given them the stability and grip they need to do what has to be done.
This reminds me of David. David likened to being given the strength and agility of a deer. God had accordingly given him the high ground in the battle. In other words, God had provided strength and help that only He could give. When he was in a slippery situation at Engedi, he chose to put the Lord first. Saul and his men approached the place where David was hiding. For a brief moment, Saul was left alone, completely unguarded. David could have taken his life in an instant, yet all he took was a piece from the hem of Saul's garment. He displayed wisdom, mercy and honor when He made the decision to gratify God instead of himself.
God had delivered David on numerous occasions. David could look back and see all that the Lord had done for him since that day at Engedi. In the moment, it appeared that he missed an opportunity to take charge of his life and make things so much easier on himself. In reality, God had far better things in store for David than he could have ever planned. The greater thought is how that God had prospered and helped David in the great battles of his life. That same prospect remains to this day.
So often we fall in slippery places because we want to "take charge" of our lives and attempt to deliver ourselves. David had some "I'm going to take charge of my life" moments, but when he turned to the Lord, God delivered David in mercy. We, too, can have a history of deliverance when we put the Lord first in our lives. When His commands, promises and sovereignty are at the forefront of our minds, we will be spared from falling into sins and will be set in a place where God can greatly use and bless us.
Turn to the Lord today. Confess whatever is standing between you and your relationship with Him. Whether you have hidden sins in your life, or you simply are not making any time to personally commune with the Lord, fix it today. Put Him first in your life and there will be a day when you look back and see your history of deliverance.
Prayer: God, help me to stop worrying about life and put You and Your kingdom first. I trust You to take care of my needs and that You will always be there for me, even when times seem dark. You are my God and You love me. I trust you, Father and I love You. Keep me in a close relationship with You.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.