Songs of Deliverance

Posted on 09/17/2006 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning and welcome! It's a blessing to see all the familiar faces, and it's equally a blessing to see all our visitors.

To those of you who came for the first time last week, thank you for returning! Our world is full of people who don't realize the turmoil in which they live. They don't realize their own lack of true peace causes this turmoil to spread to those around them.

But all of us have been there. Before we finally gave our lives to the one who bought us with his blood, who paid our penalty of eternal death, and who is the very author of peace; before Jesus, we were all without true hope, without true peace, and without God's pure, unconditional, unending love.

It's just the way we human beings are; we try to prove our points, we try to make ourselves feel exalted by abasing others. It's part of our human nature to go in every direction besides the direction in which God wants us to go.

We yearn for things which destroy us and those around us. We desire to touch the hot stove, we can hardly contain our drive to run out in front of speeding trains. And we tend to blame God for all the results of mankind's rebellious actions.

But God calls to every one of us. We either hear his call and enter into the radient joy of his presence, or we embrace our own ways, our own turmoil, our own confusion which often seems like enlightenment to us.

When we see people who are stirring up turmoil, remember they are only radiating that which is within. And without Jesus, we are all in a sad shape indeed. What we do and spread around us before we come to Jesus is simply a testimony to the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one can come to God and find true freedom except through him.

Today let's focus not on religion, or on ideas, or on disputes. Today let's focus on our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

If you're open to listen, if you're curious, if you're just here to dance afterwards, or if you're in love with Jesus, stay with us for then next half hour.

We're not here to fight, argue, politicize, or prove a point. We're here because we've found true peace, joy, love, and an abundance of life that we can't even describe. If you share this life, if you just want to see what we're all about, or if you're just passing through, we are all welcome here today.

Please stand to your feet as we start today's service with prayer.

Lord God, thank you for being here with us today. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, and empower us. Thank you for the incredible unity you bring to those who follow after you, a unity many try to forge, but none can achieve outside of you.

I pray that you touch each one here today and all who will listen later. I ask that your Word will find fertile soil in their hearts, and will go deep. Bring each one of us closer to you today and in the days to come. And may we bring you glory in this service, in our time of fellowship, and in our minds, hearts, and lives.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.

Click-touch the pulpit for a notecard, as we worship God with song.


LORD I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH

Lord I lift your name on high
     Lord I love to sing your praises
I'm so glad you're in my life
     I'm so glad you came to save us

You came from heaven to earth
     to show the way
From the earth to the cross
     my debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
     from the grave to the sky
Lord I lift your name on high!


CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS

Crown him with many crowns,
     the Lamp upon his throne
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
     all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
     of him who died for thee
And hail him as thy matchless King
     through all eternity

Crown him the Lord of life,
     who triumphed o'er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
     for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing
     who died, and rose on high
Who died, eternal life to bring,
     and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of peace,
     whose power ascepter sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease,
     and all be prayer and praise
His reign shall know no end
     and round his pierc-ed feet
Fair flowers of paradise extend
     their fragrance ever sweet

Crown him the Lord of love,
     behold his hands and side
Those wounds, yet visible above
     in beauty glorified
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
     For thou hast died for me,
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
     throughout eternity!


IN THE PRESENCE

In the presence of Jehovah,
     God Almighty, Prince of Peace
Troubles vanish, hearts are mended,
     In the presence of The King
 
In and out of situations,
     That tug-of-war at me
All day long I struggle
     For answers that I need
But then I come into His presence,
     All my questions become clear
And for a sacred moment,
     No doubt can interfere
 
Through His love the Lord provided,
     A place for us to rest
A place to find the answers,
     In hours of distress
Now there is never any reason,
     To give up in despair
Just look away and breathe His name,
     He will come and meet you there


"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm 32:7)

You may be seated.

We're quickly approaching the time of year known as the Holiday Season. During this time, we celebrate love and good cheer, and many of us celebrate abundant prosperity, even those who consider themselves quite poor.

And yet from the richest of us, clothed and well fed, to the poorest of us, starving and naked, we all suffer the pains of this spiritually bankrupt world in which we live.

There is wickedness and destruction on every side. And no matter how well we convince ourselves that tragedy will never darken our door, we will someday awaken to find an unwelcomed guest in our home.

No amount of earthly riches can vaccinate us from troubles and heartaches. No measure of artificial happiness can forever hide the empty darkness inside. No program of positive affirmations can cause the negativity of life on this earth to quietly pass us by.

But there is hope. There is an answer. There is peace. There is joy. There is a song -- a song of deliverance.

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."

When Moses was sent to free the Israelites from slavery, the miracles Moses performed were imitated by the magicians. It seemed as though the God who Moses served was no different from the gods of the Egyptians, and the Israelites would never go free.

The magicians had power. But Moses had the Lord God Almighty.

Moses had more than a sign and a wonder. Moses had more than a miracle. And when the people of Israel were safely on the other side of the Red Sea, they worshiped the Lord God who delivered them, singing songs of deliverance.

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."

Jerico, an enemy of God's people, lived in a city with high, thick walls. They were preserved in an inpenetrable refuge. Their riches and the strength of their mighty men had afforded them a hedge of protection that made them impossible to defeat.

But Joshua had a direct line with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And he obeyed what God told him to do.

The people of Israel marched around the city seven times, then lifted up a shout, with the sounds of both praise and war. And the hand of God brought this mighty, indestructible fortress crumbling to the ground!

The walls were crushed into dust by the power of God, and by his mighty songs of deliverance.

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."

The Philistines were a great people; the Israelites were like grasshoppers compared to them. Their mighty champion of a giant, Goliath, would taunt God's people day after day, and the army of the Israelites were afraid to fight.

No man could survive an encounter with this unconquerable foe. But there was a youth named David. He had a Word from God. And he had the Spirit of the Lord.

His only weapons were a sling shot, a small stone, and the Lord God Jehovah. And against all odds, and contrary to what the natural eye could see or the natural mind could imagine, Goliath and all the Philistines were defeated that very day.

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."

The accounts of God's salvation of his people are numerous. Even today, accounts of God's salvation to those who call upon his name from a pure heart are nothing short of miraculous.

But what about us? What about you? Are you in slavery to an addiction? Are you weighed down with a heavy burden? Are you bound with shackels of sin? Are you in a dungeon of depression and despair?

There is a sweet refrain calling to your innermost being, and if you bend your ear to hear, you will discover a haunting melody that strikes the deepest chords within you.

6 "O my God, my soul is in despair within me: therefore will I remember you from the  land of Jordan, and of the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 

7 "Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls: all your waves and your billows have washed over me. 

8 "Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song will be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life."

(Psalm 42:6-8)

Sometimes we are afraid to hope again. Sometimes we are slow to believe. Sometimes it hurts too badly to lift up our eyes, in fear that we will disappointed once again.

And yet there is something about this sweet refrain that causes us to believe that just maybe there IS an answer... somewhere...

The songs of deliverance can be sung by a child, and they retain their sweet savor in the mouth of the aged.

The songs of deliverance are more than a mantra. They are greater than a positive vibration. They are more potent than the bitter gall of the grave. They are more pure than the tears of a newborn child.

"The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will  rejoice over you with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

A song is just a song. But the songs of the Lord will set the captives free! A melody can move the peoples of the earth. But though the world be destroyed, and the heavens pass away, the songs of the Lord will last forever.

"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my  strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high  tower." (Psalm 18:2)

"I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4)

"The angel of the LORD encamps round about those who fear him, and delivers  them." (Psalm 34:7)

"The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:19)

"He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set  my feet upon a rock, and established my way." (Psalm 40:2)

We hear many songs from all directions, and we find ourselves humming their tunes. Songs of reliance in the abilities of mankind. Songs of faith in the many roads that men follow trying to find God. Songs of peace and joy on the merit of the goodness of one's own humanity.

But these songs cannot deliver us. Only the songs of the Lord can take us out of the miry clay, and set our feet upon the rock to stay.

All other ground around us is sinking sand.

There is a firm foundation. There is a place of safety and security. There is a place where all confusion is laid to rest.

There is a song that only the redeemed of the Lord can sing. To those all around, it is a strange sound indeed. But the songs of those who have laid themselves upon the alter of the Lord, who daily take up their cross of death to themselves and their own desires in exchange for the life of God's plans and desires; the songs of those who have fully surrendered to Jesus all they are or ever hope to be; their songs are songs of the Lord. Their songs are songs of deliverance.

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."

These songs are an invitation to those who hunger. These songs are a call to those who thirst. These songs are a comfort to those who will admit they are poor, and naked, and blind.

"And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' And let the those who hear  say, 'Come.' And let those who are thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17)

For you, this day, there is hope. No matter what you've been through, there is rest. No matter what has you bound, there is liberty. No matter what you've done, there is forgiveness.

No matter where you've been, where you are, or where you're going, there is a song for you -- a song of deliverance.

What is this song of deliverance? What is its music? What are its words? What is its melody?

The music we hear is the sound of love. The words we sing are the Words of the Lord. And the gift of God, today and always, is a sweet refrain that can only be sung by a child. It is the song of the Lord. It is the song of deliverance.

There is a song many of us have heard as a child. If we sing this song, surrendering our hearts and lives to the Master's Hand, it will become a song of deliverance that will set us free.

"In to my heart; In to my heart; Come in to my heart, Lord Jesus! Come in today; Come in to stay; Come in to my heart, Lord Jesus!"

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."


I know there are those of us here today who are looking for peace, who are looking for a reason to live, who are looking for love, who are looking for freedom from the things which have them bound.

Although today's message sounds a bit poetic, the Word of God today is very clear and touches right to the center of where we live.

Each of us here today has a song. Each of you listening somewhere else has a song. Many of us have lost the melody. Perhaps you've even stopped trying to sing along.

But in Second Corinthians 5:17, God promises you today, "If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a brand new creation; old things have passed away, and behold: all things have become new!"

There are many voices shouting all around you, telling you they have they answer, they are the way, or that you don't need an answer because YOU are the way.

But the one who gives you life and breath today, the one who formed you in your mother's womb, the one who is closer than your own breath, who is with you when you think you are desperately alone, who feels the tears falling down your cheeks when you think no one knows, and the one who feels your deepest heartaches when you think no one cares; He is the one who is gently calling to you today, singing your name, and offering you a new song in your heart -- a song of peace, a song of joy, a song of love... A song of deliverance.

We have the power to direct our lives in any way we choose. We can hold on to the wheel and try to keep steering our own lives. Or we can give full control to God, and finally discover what TRUE freedom really is.

I'm going to ask the ministry team to come to the front now as we prepare for a time of prayer and ministry.

Please no one leave. In a few minutes we're going to have a time of fellowship in the room to your left. Stay with us for a few minutes as we let God do what he wants to do here today.

This alter is open for prayer and ministry. If you just want to come kneel and pray, come to the front now. If you need prayer or ministry, instant message one of the ministry team.

God wants to restore your song to you. If you haven't found your song, God wants to bring it to life within you. No matter what the enemy has caused you to believe, the song within you is priceless and beautiful. There is none other like it in all the universe. And the only one who can truly bring it to life is the one who is the very author of that song.

Having a life-changing encounter with God, starting a life-long journey of wonder with the creator of life and the master of adventure, is as easy as getting up from where you are now and walking toward him with empty, open arms.

All you have to do is come to him as you are. Ask him to forgive you for your sins and for not listening to his voice all the many times he's called you. And then ask him to be your Lord, your Savior, your Friend.

You can say something as simple as this, and you can say it along with me now:

"Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I've done things my own way long enough. I've turned everywhere else long enough. I'm turning to you now. Cleanse my heart. Make me a part of your family. Give me a brand new start, a clean beginning. I will follow you and do things your way, not my own. And I will walk with you all the days of my life. Thank you Jesus. Amen."

This altar is open, please come and pray. If you have just make a decision to follow Jesus, please instant message one of the ministry team.

Now may the Grace of God be with you, may you enter into his presence like never before, and may the song within you spring to life as you rest your soul in God's songs of deliverance.

"You are my hiding place; you will preserve me from trouble; you will  surround me with songs of deliverance."

Amen!