8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:8-9 (NIV)
Welcome to this installment of my series is Psalm 116. In this article, we shall look into the Lord’s policy of deliverance. How does God deliver us? The verses above tell us the full story.
In Verse 8, the writer shared on what the Lord had delivered him from. There are 3 things that he was delivered from. They are:
1. Soul from death
2. Eyes from tears
3. Feet from stumbling.
Let us examine them one by one. Our souls are our minds. There are situations where our bodies can outlast our souls. In such situations, the bodies will eventually die within a short time. Our bodies cannot live without our souls. How can souls die? It always happens when a person faces something bad and lost the will to live. This is how the soul dies. When the soul dies the body will not last long no matter how healthy it was at the moment. In short, we do not want our souls to die.
It is clear that the Lord is both able and willing to save our souls from death. How is he going to do it? He saves our souls by giving us hope no matter how impossible the situation appears to be. This tells us that the Lord is always on our side to deliver us and gives us hope. God will never allow us to live in hopelessness. As believers, it is our duty to consistently remind ourselves that there is always hope no matter how bad the situation appears to be.
Next, the Lord also delivers our eyes from tears. There are various reasons for tears to form in our eyes but in this context, it refers to our sorrows. There are times where bad things happen and they make us sad. We may face with a huge financial problem, infected with a deadly disease, death of our loved ones or any other events that make us want to cry. God does not want those things to happen either. He wants us to be happy, not sad. He will do everything he can to make us happy. The question is, are we willing to trust in him.
This is another way of saying that God is not a sadist. He will not do things with the intention to make us sad. Such is the nature of perverts. God is not one of them. So, if you are to hear messages saying that sometimes God can make us poor, sick, kill our loved ones or any other perversions, you can be sure that that preacher was preaching theology, which is a lie from the pit of hell.
The third point raised by the writer tells us that God can keep our feet from stumbling. It refers to physical, mental and spiritual stumbling. As human beings, we are still imperfect but God wants us to know that he can still bless us despite our imperfections by keeping our feet from stumbling. So, do not waste time in focusing on how imperfect you are. Focus instead on God’s goodness and his willingness in blessing and delivering you despite your imperfection.
In the next verse, we find out the reason for God’s blessings in our lives, “that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” I like the part on “the land of the living”. This means we do not have to die and go to heaven before we can see our deliverance and blessings. The deliverance and the blessings of God are meant to happen while we are still alive on earth.
In other words, God dares to stick his neck out by promising things that can be proven on earth. Whatever troubles you may be facing right now, you do not have to wait to die and go to heaven for your deliverance to take place. Suicide is not the solution. God has put his integrity at stake when he promised to deliver us from all our troubles while we still walk with him in the land of the living.