Proverbs says, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” That verse does not teach that it is stupid or wrong for people to prepare and work. It simply makes it clear that deliverance is God’s business. What, then, is our business? Our business is to listen to, remember and obey the Lord. Please give our song a sing-along listen, then we’ll take a brief look at God’s thriving deliverance business — and how His business makes our business such a joy.
God does deliver
“. . . deliver me according to your promise.” (Psalm 119:170b)
The children of Israel had already been delivered from slavery in Egypt. Now, in our song about Joshua and Jericho, they were experiencing yet another deliverance miracle in the form of an amazing military victory.
God is able and willing to deliver people from all kinds of troubles. He delivers people
from the power of evil
from sudden temptation
from depression and loneliness
from difficult situations
from resentment and bitterness
from sickness … just to name a few.
A verse in 1 John says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
God was in the deliverance business with Joshua and the children of Israel. This verse from 1 John lets us know He is still in business for us today.
Here is the rest of Psalm 119:170
“May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.”
The Psalmist made supplication. He asked God for deliverance. God is able and willing to deliver us. Did you know He asks us to ASK HIM for His help? He wants us to actively reach out to Him. Here are some promises we can lean into as we ask:
“Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. (Psalm 107:6)
We can see a common thread running through these verses — we do the asking, God does the delivering. We’ve got a great big wonderful God!
Listen, remember and obey
God’s deliverance takes some of the most unusual paths, rising above any human’s wildest imaginations. Noah did not do an environmental study and develop the plan for the ark. Moses did not engineer the parting of the Red Sea. Joshua did not draw up the plans for victory at Jericho. The twelve disciples did not “ascend into heaven to bring Christ down from above” or “descend into the deep to bring Christ up again from the dead”.
We read the Bible and see that God’s methods for deliverance are typically so far beyond anything we could ask or think, we just don’t have enough brains or enough time in this life to try to figure out deliverance details on our own. But just like Noah, Moses, Joshua and the earliest Christians did, if we want God to deliver us from trouble then we can — we MUST — listen to God, remember what He tells us and then obey it.
Our best success in this life begins by seeking the Lord and His will and then doing things His way.
Here are some wonderful verses that are promises dressed up as commands. (If God tells us to do something, it MUST available for us to do it. With God, the command contains the promise.)
Now concerning spiritual gifts [matters], brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
(1 Corinthians 12:1) We should— and we can — know about spiritual matters.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
(Ephesians 5:17) We should— and we can — be wise and understand what the will of the Lord is.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:3,4) We should— and we can — get saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.
We will never know everything, but we CAN know what God wants us to know in order to live more abundant lives for Him. Our song is an upbeat reminder we can carry with us of amazing deliverance God did for His people long ago at Jericho. Our God is still in the deliverance business for those who will call on Him.
Let’s show up, suit up and do what God tells us to do — and receive deliverance He continues to provide. Let’s be like Joshua at Jericho.
God bless you lots,
LYRICS: Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho.
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
and the walls came tumbling down.
You may talk about the men of Gideon;
You may talk about the men of Saul;
There’s none like good old Joshua,
at the battle of Jericho.
Up to the walls of Jericho
He marched with sword in hand.
“Go blow those ram’s horns,” Joshua cried,
“For the battle is in God’s hands.”
The the horns began to bellow,
The trumpets began to sound,
Then Joshua commanded the children to shout,
And the walls came tumbling down.
I know you’ve heard about Joshua
He was the son of Nun
He never stopped his work until
Until his work was done
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