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he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler." --Psalm 91:3
God delivers His people from the snare of
the fowler in two senses. From, and out of. First, He delivers them from the
snare--does not let them enter it; and secondly, if they should be caught
therein, He delivers them out of it. The first promise is the most precious to
some; the second is the best to others.
"He shall deliver thee from the snare." How? Trouble is often
the means whereby God delivers us. God knows that our backsliding will soon end
in our destruction, and He in mercy sends the rod. We say, "Lord, why is
this?" not knowing that our trouble has been the means of delivering us
from far greater evil. Many have been thus saved from ruin by their sorrows and
their crosses; these have frightened the birds from the net. At other times,
God keeps His people from the snare of the fowler by giving them great
spiritual strength, so that when they are tempted to do evil they say,
"How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" But what a
blessed thing it is that if the believer shall, in an evil hour, come into the
net, yet God will bring him out of it! O backslider, be cast down, but do not
despair. Wanderer though thou hast been, hear what thy Redeemer
saith--"Return, O backsliding children; I will have mercy upon you."
But you say you cannot return, for you are a captive. Then listen to the
promise--"Surely He shall deliver thee out of the snare of the
fowler." Thou shalt yet be brought out of all evil into which thou hast
fallen, and though thou shalt never cease to repent of thy ways, yet He that
hath loved thee will not cast thee away; He will receive thee, and give thee
joy and gladness, that the bones which He has broken may rejoice. No bird of
paradise shall die in the fowler's net.