Text: “Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, Aha.”
Good morning, God-delivered Christian! You and I have not delivered ourselves from being natural born sinners under God’s Adamic curse for sin, and from the many gross sins and transgressions of God’s Law that we have committed ever since. No! It is the Lord God Himself Who has seen fit to bring about such an amazing deliverance for us, and our deepest gratitude, thanksgiving, worship and praise should be offered up to Him continually for the Sovereign grace He has bestowed upon us, vile sinners that we are! This is the only safe and proper position for every believer to promptly assume, if we are to be of any real Spiritual use in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable (indescribable) gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from Above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variableness (unchanging), neither shadow of turning (immutable). Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” (James 1:17-18)
How often have you and I, while suffering deep Spiritual, emotional, or physical sufferings, needed to cry out for God’s Personal deliverance from all our enemies – Spiritual and temporal – ‘that seek after our souls to destroy us’?
Personally, I have had to make this profound call again and again, and in most recent times, when I almost began to fear that there was no hope for me in this life and that the ‘enemies of my soul’ had beaten me into the ground. Honesty is the best policy!
Such defeat for the ‘God-delivered Christian’ is, of course, an illusion from the pit of Hell itself – but when one is wallowing in the mire of deep Spiritual depression, that Devilish illusion can seem to be so very very real. All true and genuine, Spiritually regenerate Christians, will always have complete Victory in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah!
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, or depth, nor any other creature (including ourselves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
How’s this for a full and complete Victory statement for genuine ‘born again’ believers? Praise God for such a complete Victory over all things, in Christ Jesus.
“Verses 13-17. The remaining verses of this Psalm are almost exactly identical with Psalm 70.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 197)
Verse 13. “Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me. The Psalmist is here exercising the faith God has blessed him with; he is reasoning out by faith that, IF the Lord is his God, then, belonging to the Lord God, the Lord God will therefore ‘be pleased to deliver…’ him from all evil.
The Psalmist is encouraging you and I to practice this ‘logical reasoning out of faith’ as God the Spirit instructs us to, in the book of Isaiah the prophet. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Verse 13. “…Make haste to help me. When afflictions and oppositions get most serious, you and I need to cry out like the Psalmist, for the prompt help of the Lord God. Self takes a knock, self-sufficiency takes a knock – the believer gets serious about seeking Divine help and support to maintain a constant witness for Christ Jesus.
Those who dare to mock the faith of genuine Christians are in serious trouble!
Verse 14. “Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it. It is to the infinite confusion of Satan that his attempts to destroy the Saviour destroyed himself; the diabolical conclave who plotted in council are now all alike put to shame, for the Lord Jesus has met them at all points and turned all their wisdom into foolishness.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 197)
Mockers of true Christian faith, and genuine ‘born again’ believers today, place themselves in a Divine vice of temporal and Eternal repercussion – God brings them into open shame and utter confusion. They suffer in this life, and they will suffer Eternally in the place of torment prepared by God to receive all His enemies.
Verse 15. For a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. Do wicked men today pour shame upon the Name of the Redeemer? Their desolation shall avenge Him of His adversaries! Jesus is the gentle Lamb to all who seek mercy through His Blood; but let despisers beware, for He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and ‘who shall rouse Him up?’ O ungodly reader, if such a person glance over this page, beware of persecuting Christ and His people, for God will surely avenge His own elect. Your ‘ahas’ will cost you dear. It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 197)
Pause now, God-delivered Christian! Think it through. Has the Lord God shed the Blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus, for you and for me, and will He now just leave us undefended, and unprotected in the hands of worldly scoffers and persecutors? Never! Christ takes great care of His Church which He has purchased in the agony of His own shed and sinless Blood on the Cross. Mockers and persecutors BEWARE! God is not mocked! True Christians, rejoice! We have full victory in Christ Jesus.
Thought: Serious saints are at all times protected by our Omnipotent Saviour!