“Thanksgiving for Deliverance” – H

Psalm 18

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
    so I shall be saved from my enemies.

David wrote Psalm 18 after being delivered from Saul, the first king of Israel who was attempting to eliminate David as a potential threat to his kingship.  David continues to share how he felt overwhelmed and sure he was about to die.  It was like being trapped by a horrible storm.  Some of us remember Hurricane Ian but perhaps you remember a tornado, drought, fire or other catastrophe that you passed through.  David said that God reached down from his heavens and rescued him like being tossed a life vest that supported him and helped him float to a safe space.  David reminds me that God is faithful to the faithful and responsive to the humble who cry out to him.

Deliverance in times of trouble is worthy of thanksgiving.  Living in this world means we will have problems and God is not just here to make our life easy.  Sometimes we make mistakes and bad choices and must pay the consequences but we know we never go through those experiences alone.  God journeys with us  Please write for your acrostic today words that remind you of God’s help in times of need, then listen to the song.  H….., E….., L……, P……  Thank you Lord for being with me.

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