God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
Psalm 68:20 NASB
The word "deliverances" used in Psalm 68:20 means "saving acts" or "rescues." You could then read this verse as "God is to us a God of rescues!" And we see this attribute of God illustrated throughout the Bible. God brought all types of deliverances to His people throughout history and I believe that He has said that 2017 will be a year that the Body of Christ will see and experience some outstanding "deliverances." Let's take a look at the types of deliverances that God has wrought in the past according to scripture.
Deliverance from danger -
And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Sam. 17:37 NASB
"He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27 NASB
Deliverance from trouble -
For He has delivered me from all trouble, And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies. Psalm 54:7 NASB
Deliverance from difficulties with people -
You have delivered me from the contentions of the people…Psalm 18:43 NASB (strife, dispute, controversies)
…persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra - what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 2 Timothy 3:11 NKJV
Deliverance from fear -
I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
… deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:15 ESV
Deliverance from death -
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us… 2 Corinthians 1:10 NASB
Deliverance from the punishment of sin -
For by His loving-favor you have been saved from the punishment of sin through faith. It is not by anything you have done. It is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 NLV
No matter what type of deliverance you need - from dangers, troubles of any kind (financial, legal, family) from difficulties with people or deliverance from a spirit of fear, God desires that 2017 be your year to receive His powerful deliverance in your life. No matter what adversity you face, be sure that you stand in faith upon God's promise and simply say, "I thank God - that the truth about this situation is that God is to ME a God of deliverances!!!" Let that be your faith declaration over 2017.
In addition, God has promised to crown this year with His goodness according to Psalm 65:11. The meaning of goodness from the Hebrew is bounty, prosperity, good things, benefits. The key to receiving this promised goodness is found in the second part of the verse:
Your paths drip with abundance. The goodness, bounty, prosperity and abundance is found in GOD’S PATH not our own path that we choose or create for ourselves. The word “paths” in that verse actually means “tracks.” Imagine a dirt road where someone has gone before you and left tracks that you can follow, that is the idea from this verse. We must follow the tracks God has left for us, and in those we will find His abundance.
God’s path might not look as appealing as another, but that is the place where blessing and provision will be found. Consider this translation of Psalm 65:11 from the New Living Translation: You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. If you were lost in the woods and came upon a path that split into two different directions, how would you chose the way to go? One path looks smoother and more passable and the other harder and more difficult to traverse. But if God’s way was the harder looking pathway – and you chose it rather than the one that looks easier - you would find that God’s abundance would be overflowing on that “hard pathway.”
IMPORTANT NOTE for 2017:
When you face adversities, be careful not to be snared into the trap of asking, “WHY WHY WHY…does this have to happen?” Jesus told us in John 16:33- "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
If you allow your mind to go down that road, the enemy will have you circling the drain of despair and will steal your victory. Be on guard and simply respond to every situation you face with “Thank God You are my God of deliverances!”