Wisdom

when you deliver my life from death. You keep my feet from stumbling, so that I might serve God as I enjoy life.

[Ps 56:13 NET]

You may have been delivered from death, as much as David was, but not so fully in the assurance of the deliverance. God may have quickened your soul into life divine; he may have communicated his grace to your heart, and yet you have many doubts and fears whether it be a real work of grace upon your soul. It is not every child of God who has been delivered from death by regenerating grace, who can use the words with the confidence expressed here—“You have delivered my soul from death.” But I will show you when he can. When God is pleased to bless him with a sense of his pardoning love; when Jesus is revealed to his heart, and manifested with power to his soul; when the blood of sprinkling is applied to purge his conscience from guilt, filth, and dead works, to serve the living God; when the Spirit of adoption is given, and he is enabled to cry, “Abba, Father;” when he can “read his title clear to mansions in the skies” by the witness of the Holy Spirit in his breast that he is a child of God; when he feels the presence of God, and a sweet flowing forth of love and affection to his heavenly Father—at such favored seasons as these, he can say in the sweet confidence of faith, “You have delivered my soul from death.”

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