Friday, May 30, 2014

"THE MIRACLE OF DELIVERANCE" (Termed by Winston Churchill)

The Spirit was upon them to pray, so they prayed.  All 400 of them prayed out loud the 91st Psalm. The sound from the camp as the British-American mixed group prayed was faith-building. Listen, in your minds ear, if you will, to 400 men reciting Psalm 91, one particular day in May 1940.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge-- 
10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 

14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

The LORD answered their prayers and honored their respect of God's promises in this passage. Trapped on one of the beaches at Dunkirk, bombs were dropped and machine guns opened fired from German fighter planes overhead, but through the deafening roar of the explosions the only thing being disturbed was the sand. War correspondent, C. B. Morelock was quoted as saying, "I lay with four hundred men who were machine-gunned systematically, up and down and bombed by sixty enemy aircraft, and in the end, there was not a single casualty."  

The LORD's faithfulness was their shield (personal defense) and rampart/bulwark (corporate defense). Praise be the name and faithfulness of the LORD!