Songs of Deliverance

Posted on 01/07/2018 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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EVEN THE MOUNTAINS
by Benjamin R. Faust

We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above


WIND OF CHANGE
by Benjamin R. Faust

The Spirit of the Lord
comes before morning
Bringing a Wind of Change

The Spirit of the Lord
comes before morning
Bringing a Wind of Change

Change me
Spirit change me
Holy Spirit
let Your Wind blow

Change me
come and change me
Holy Spirit
let Your Wind blow


BLESSED ASSURANCE
by Frances J. Crosby

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
oh, what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song
praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
praising my Savior all the day long

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love


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

We've just wrapped up the time of year known as the Holiday Season. During this time, we celebrated love and good cheer, and many of us celebrated 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 that 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 he 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 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 their selves and their selves' own desires in exchange for the Life of God and the desires of His Spirit; 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 the heart of a child. It is the song of the Lord. It is the song of deliverance.

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

There may be some here today or listening at another time or place 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.

And 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 the 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.

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.

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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."