Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 5, 2017

“For I will certainly rescue you, … because you have trusted in Me,” declares the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 39.

“Now when Jerusalem was captured in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it;  in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the city wall was breached.  Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came in and sat down at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon.  When Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, they fled and went out of the city at night by way of the king’s garden through the gate between the two walls;  and he went out toward the Arabah.  But the army of the Chaldeans pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho;  and they seized him and brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he passed sentence on him.  Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes at Riblah;  the king of Babylon also slew all the nobles of Judah.  He then blinded Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him in fetters of bronze to bring him to Babylon.  The Chaldeans also burned with fire the king’s palace and the houses of the people, and they broke down the walls of Jerusalem.  As for the rest of the people who were left in the city, the deserters who had gone over to him and the rest of the people who remained, Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard carried them into exile in Babylon.  But some of the poorest people who had nothing, Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard left behind in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at that time.

Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, saying, “Take him and look after him, and do nothing harmful to him, but rather deal with him just as he tells you.”  So Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard sent word, along with Nebushazban the Rab-saris, and Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the leading officers of the king of Babylon;  they even sent and took Jeremiah out of the court of the guardhouse and entrusted him to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him home.  So he stayed among the people.

Now the word of the Lord had come to Jeremiah while he was confined in the court of the guardhouse, saying, “Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am about to bring My words on this city for disaster and not for prosperity;  and they will take place before you on that day.  But I will deliver you on that day,” declares the Lord, “and you will not be given into the hand of the men whom you dread.  For I will certainly rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword;  but you will have your own life as booty, because you have trusted in Me,” declares the Lord.’”  Jeremiah chapter 39.

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“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.”  Psalm 34:7.

“He also brought me forth into a broad place;
He rescued me, because He delighted in me.”  2 Samuel 22:20.  Psalm 18:19 is very similar.

“He delivers me from my enemies;
Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.”  Psalm 18:48.

“Commit yourself to the Lord;  let Him deliver him;
Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb;
You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.
10 Upon You I was cast from birth;
You have been my God from my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 22:8-10.

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”  Psalm 50:15.

In conclusion, Psalm chapter 91 (my mother’s favorite chapter) puts it all together.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
12 They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”  Psalm chapter 91.

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