Day 5

Seek God’s Deliverance

from the Amen & Amen reading plan

Psalm 51:1-19, Psalm 56:1-13, Psalm 57:1-11, Psalm 59:1-17, Psalm 64:1-10

BY Erin Davis

Book II

The collection of psalms in Book II express lament and distress about present circumstances and conditions while looking to the faithfulness of God.

There are two words here that hold the power of a spiritual warhead. They woo the sinner to repentance (Psalm 51:1–2) and wash the dirty clean (v.7). They quiet our most ferocious fears (Psalm 56:4), interrupt our narcissistic navel-gazing (vv.10–11), and set our feet on a sure path (v.13). They aim at our enemies and never miss their mark (Psalm 64:7). They bring evildoers to ruin (v.8) and lift our arms in heartfelt praise (v.10).

What phrase could possibly pack such a punch? But God.

Like a ship in a bottle, the psalmists capture the human experience with mind-boggling attention to detail, preserved for us to take off the shelf and inspect. Shame, guilt, repentance, wonder, worry, bargaining, anxiety, wrestling, resolve…it’s all right there, smack dab in the middle of our Bibles. 

As David cries out, “let the bones you have crushed rejoice” (Psalm 51:8), and “my adversaries trample me all day,” (Psalm 56:2), and “Look, LORD, they set an ambush for me” (Psalm 59:3), we reflexively respond “Me too!” But through David, God gave us more than a treatise on human emotion. Gut-level honesty about human suffering isn’t the way to see our brokenness through the lens of His redemption. The great gift of the psalms is the pivot point. Though the writers of the Psalms often begin by naming their worries without a sugar coat, they don’t stay there. The psalms give us the rhythm of life we are called to march to as children of God. Yes, enemies surround us. It’s true; we are often sinking in the muck and mire of a broken world. Still, knowing God flips the script. “But God” beats louder and stronger than our daily aches and pains. 

“But God” transforms David from whiner to worshiper. 

“But God” is the hope that makes Scripture’s poems reach through the centuries and arrest our modern hearts. 

“But God” is a shelter worth running into when the storm rages; a foundation we can build our entire lives upon. 

Embedded in the cadence of these treasured poems, we find gospel hope. The book of Psalms tells a bigger story, our story. We “were dead in [our] trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). We “walked according to the ways of this world” (v.2), driven mad by the desires of our flesh (v.3). Our sinful nature sentenced us to God’s wrath (v.3). Like David, we were guilty, gutted, harassed, and helpless. 

These are more than pretty poems. They do something greater than give voice to our pain. The psalms teach us how to pivot from our pain to God’s providence, from our fears to God’s faithfulness, from our sin to God’s gift of salvation, from our life right this moment to the life He has secured for us in heaven. Like David, you get to choose. Will you make the turn from human angst to God-directed adoration? Will you dwell on today’s challenges, or will you let these two words lift your eyes to a greater hope: but God. 

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57 thoughts on "Seek God’s Deliverance"

  1. Nichole Sullivan says:

    This was a beautiful devotional day! “But God!”

  2. Terri Baldwin says:

    “I will seek refuge in the shadow of your wings until danger passes “

  3. Claire B says:

    Tina, I never hear the words “But God” that I don’t think of you and whisper a prayer.

  4. Victoria E says:

    Like so many here I thought of Tina as well! What a beautiful testament to the impact your comments have had on so many. Thankful for this group and these devotionals and most of all the readings and few minutes to read them. I need prayer for discernment on what to do regarding selling our old home. I feel led in one course of action that doesn’t really make sense but I still feel it is the right thing to do. Thank you

  5. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me,
    for I take refuge in you.
    I will seek refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until danger passes. – Psalms 57:1

  6. Mercy says:

    How sweet Erin’s words are. And yes this is for our beloved Tina and all of us. BUT GOD has taught me alot. No one has ever introduced me to this packed concept but you, oh dear Tina. Thank you so so much.❤️

  7. Jennifer Anapol says:

    Thank you Erin for a great devotional! It is so inspiring that it doesn’t matter what life sends our way, we always have God with us and fighting for our good. I pray in the midst of any tragedy, I would remember this.

  8. PamC says:

    Loved, loved, LOVED this! Erin thank you for this beautiful devotional today. I’m not sure I can express how it touched me today. And Tina…how many years ago now did you teach me this? “But God”…I smiled & laughed & wept as I read through everything thing this morning.
    Love & hugs to all y’all from a very grateful heart.

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