March 11, 2016

Songs of Deliverance

Written by Boyd Bailey

Songs of Deliverance 3.11

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 11, 2016

And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are our deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are you ways, King of the ages.” Revelation 15:2-3

No Longer Slaves by Bethel has become my favorite praise and worship song. They reference  John 8 and Romans 7 where Jesus and Paul describe our freedom from sin and our sonship in Christ. Toward the end of the song the chorus grabs my heart, “You split the seas so I could walk right through it. You drowned my fears in perfect love. You rescued me so I will stand and say I am a child of God.” As followers of Jesus, we can sing a song of deliverance—for the Lord has liberated us by His love, freed us from fear and adopted us as His beloved child!

John describes with striking imagery the defeated beast who represents our fleshly (beastly) desires and our foe—whom the Lamb defeated with His sacrifice on the cross. Ultimately, we who worship the Lamb will celebrate at the seashore of our salvation—our final deliverance over the beast. We will sing the song of Moses, with lyrics from the Lord who freed His children from the bondage of the beast—Pharaoh. The Red Sea swallowed up the Egyptian army. Any adversaries of Almighty God are destined to defeat. We worship here anticipating our victory party there!

“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea” (Exodus 15:1).

Some days do you feel like you are still a slave to a nagging sin—one that won’t let you go? Shame may keep you chained in the corner of a self made solitary confinement. Love bids you to come out of sin’s shadow and enjoy the Lord’s light of complete and total acceptance. You resist not feeling worthy, but you remember with joyful thanksgiving—worthy is the Lamb who was slain for your sin and who reigns King of the ages. Christians only have Christ as their Master. A slave to Jesus is mastered by Jesus. We sing grateful anthems since we have been saved from sin!

Our songs of deliverance contain titles such as Amazing Grace—“The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures. And Redeemed, “All my life I have been called unworthy. Named by the voice of my shame and regret. But when I hear You whisper, ‘Child lift up your head.’ I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet.” Like a melodious, orange breasted robin—a soul that’s been set free sets flight from fleeting fears and flies almost effortlessly with the wind of invisible love lifting its wings of faith. Sing, yes sing! For the Holy Spirit delivers you out of sin into your Savior’s love.

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered. My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion” (Psalm 71:23-24).

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I praise You and celebrate my deliverance from sin by faith in Jesus.

Application: What nagging sin does the Lord want me to repent of and instead trust in Him to deliver me?

Related Readings: Psalm 20:5, 144:9; 2 Samuel 22:1; Isaiah 12:5; Ephesians 5:19

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