Psalm 68:20 ” Our God is a God Who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

In looking up the Hebrew words in this short verse, I found some interesting things.  First, the Hebrew word for “saves” here occurs only once in the Old Testament…its meaning – deliverance.  Next, the Hebrew word for “Lord” is the covenant name of God.  Finally, the Hebrew word for “death” here means deadly sickness or plague.  We need to be reminded today that our God is a covenant-keeping God who delivers us out of all our calamities and distresses. (I Samuel 10:19)  And as the Psalmist wrote, “You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before You in the light of life.” (Psalm 56:13)   And as both Jeremiah and Ezekiel proclaimed… it’s only from the Lord that comes escape.

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