Day 200: July 19, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Psalm 40 
17 I am afflicted and needy; the Lord thinks of me. You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.

Psalm 70 
5 I am afflicted and needy; hurry to me, God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.

Psalm 144 
2 He is my faithful love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him; He subdues my people under me.

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Our Deliverer
by Melissa Hayes, Adult Discipleship Administrative Assistant, Brentwood Campus

Hurry up, God! I need you NOW, God! Get me out of this horrible mistake.

Do any of these desperate demands sound familiar? Have you been so frantic to call out to God for immediate help? King David frequently acknowledged God as his sole deliverer. As David encountered battle, personal conflict with Saul or difficult circumstances in life, he was certain to give credit to God for winning the battle for him. Modeling for Israel, David would praise God in advance for victory, praise God through the battle and offer praise to God for victory after the battle.

God desires our humility and absence of pride. He wants to show us His power and to remind us that He has a plan for our lives. Our yielding to God’s plan and our acknowledgment of His deliverance protects us from our enemies.

Reflecting on the 9/11 tragedy, have you wondered how many people cried out in desperation to a God they never knew, only to meet Him for the first time in eternity that fateful morning? If there was ever a time to call out to God, that was the moment. Watch this video testimony of Sujo John telling his story on CBN.

As we conclude this series on Praying with the Psalms, can you say that God is your refuge, protector and salvation? God is always a present help in trouble and will hear us in our desperation. 

If you are unsure, maybe you are wondering if you belong to God? Paul states in Romans 10, If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Praxis

  1. Do you belong to God? If you are not sure, God offers a simple gift, although purchased with a high price:
    1. Believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, to die on the cross for your sin.
    2. Believe that God raised His Son from the dead, conquering death and hell, and who now lives at the right hand of His Father.
    3. Call on Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sin (what seperates you from God) and to rescue you from the enemy. Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and invite God to be the ruler of your life.
    4. Tell someone of your decision. Call or email Brentwood Baptist Church. 615.324.6132 or 615.324.6143; rseverino@brentwoodbaptist.com or mhayes@brentwoodbaptist.com.
  2. If you already belong to God and find yourself in a desperate situation, call out to Him. He will certainly hear you. Begin with praising God for His deliverance. There is power in the name "Jesus".

About JourneyOn Today

Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.