Songs of Deliverance

OUT of his clear consciousness of the presence and power of God, David wrote, "Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance." Although persistently pursued by Saul, David, by never raising his hand against his king, was consistent in waiting on God to deliver him. He found protection against the attacks of Saul by filling his consciousness with right ideas about God's protecting care. To these ideas he gave beautiful and poetic expression in the form of songs which extol the power and goodness of God.

Down through the ages these Psalms or songs of deliverance, written by David and others who knew something of the power of right ideas to overcome erroneous conditions, have brought comfort and strength to mankind. A missionary to the Mongols once declared: "When I cannot make headway in devotion I open to the Psalms and push out in my canoe and let myself be carried away in a stream of devotion which flows through the whole book. The current always sets toward God, and in most places is strong and deep." At the present day, when one must steer his course safely through the shoals of fear and worry over what seems to be a veritable sea of sin and sensuality, this Godward current is very much needed.

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