Weekly Devotion

We provide a short weekly devotion every Thursday to encourage us in God's Word. The authors of these devotions are members of St. John's. Check back here every week for the next devotion! May they be a blessing to you.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"I love the Lord because He has heard my voice ... I will call on Him as long as I live" (Psalm 116:1a, 2b).

It can happen. The Lord God does deliver those who call on Him. He even delivers them from the "snares of death." The composer of Psalm 116 is a case in point. He was dying (or so threatened death seemed inevitable), he called on the Lord; the Lord delivered him. It happens - again and again to those who "call on the name of the Lord." 

But not always? What about those who do die? What about those who fervently pray for healing and deliverance from sickness or other harm and die (sometimes even terrible deaths)? And what about the bereaved who assaulted the gates of heaven with fervent prayers? What about that?

Again we look to Jesus who also prayed for deliverance, yet suffered and died. What about Him? Was He delivered? Of course! He rose again in the third day! There is the real deliverance, the eternal deliverance! And the promise of God is that all who call on His name will be delivered as Jesus was delivered. So in the end all who call on His name will sing with the psalmist: "You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living (heaven)." 

That deliverance is waiting for us all, our dying ones and our robust ones. So, beloved of the Lord, let us join the chorus of the psalmist who sang: "I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my plea for mercy. Because He inclined His ear to me, therefore, I will call on Him as long as I live" - into eternity. 

-Pastor Henry

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