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Deliverance

“Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Hide not your face from your servant, for I am in distress; make haste to answer me. Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies!”

Psalm 69:14-18

In the spring of 1429, during the 100 Years War between England and France, a young lady arrived in the besieged French city of Orleans. Her name was Joan and she claimed to have been sent by God as His instrument to help deliver France from England’s oppressive hand. And, if you know the story, deliverance is what came. Upon her arrival, Orleans was quickly liberated and, eventually (though after her death), France as well.  

Now, one may be quick to doubt Joan and disparage her for these fantastic claims about mystical visions and messages from the Lord. Yet, whatever one does with much of her claims, what cannot be denied within this story is the fact that our God is, indeed, a God of deliverance.

Of course, such deliverance is ultimately not from our temporal foes but, rather, from our spiritual enemies of sin, death, and the power of the devil. As Paul says in Ephesians 6, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” And, certainly, this is the deliverance that we are especially mindful of during the season of Lent and Easter. That is, as we journey for forty-days from the sting of our own grave on Ash Wednesday to the victory of Christ’s grave on Resurrection Sunday, we are remembering and becoming more mindful of our greatest of needs and the even greater deliverance that has come to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  

In Psalm 69, David cries out to the Lord for deliverance, saying, “Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.”

For those trusting in Jesus Christ, such is the deliverance that has come to us all. Christ has drawn near, redeemed, and ransomed us from our enemies through the cross and the empty tomb. For He is good, His steadfast love for us is without measure, and He is abundant in mercy.

Joan of Arc believed God sent her to bring deliverance to the people of France. Thanks be to God that someone even greater was sent to deliver us all from our sin, Jesus Christ the Son of God.

 

 

 
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