“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” Psalm 34:7
Whenever anyone in our family reads Psalm 34:7, they are reminded of my mother-in-law’s deliverance. While travelling on a missionary safari in Africa, Mum was reading Psalm 34 when the driver of her vehicle lost control and rolled the van on a sharp curve in the road. This was before the days when seat belts were compulsory and as a result, Mum was thrown clear of the vehicle and lay in the dirt with life-threatening injuries. She remembers a peace coming over her as she anticipated meeting Jesus face to face. After Mum was rushed to the hospital, the doctors told Dad that Mum was more than likely going to die. But Dad prayed to the Lord for deliverance and despite the surgeon’s negative prognosis, Mum made a miraculous recovery.
Was it just good medical care that pulled Mum through? We don’t believe it was. If I could show you the Bible she was reading at the time of the accident, you would see how verse seven of Psalm 34 is smeared with roadside dirt. It’s as if God wanted to highlight the verse and make sure that Mum would never forget that “the angel of the Lord” is the One who delivered her from certain death.
But then, as we know from the Bible, God is the Deliverer. The “angel of the Lord,” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. He is, in every sense of the word, our Saviour, the One who heals, the One who lifts us up when we are down.
Praise the Lord!