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Songs of Deliverance

Updated: Sep 13, 2020


"The snare has been broken and we have escaped."/Psalm 124:7


The rain was pouring on a hot muggy day in Toronto

Soaking wet, I rejoiced and I felt like dancing

I offered myself up to the experience with abandonment

The sheer exhilaration of walking alone

No one herding me in a group like cattle

No one shunting me forward or prodding me

This was my sixteenth birthday

And I was free

Released from the fowler's snare

No cake, no candles for me

This was my own birthday party

And I was singing my own song of deliverance

I had seen the earth open up before me

A darkness of death that had threatened me

I was soaring on the wings of joy

Gods angels had come after me

With shimmering momentum

And had delivered me from the miry pit

And set my feet upon a Rock

And now I sang my birthday song. /j.Smith -Outside the Gate


"Take your censor and put fire on it from the alter and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make an atonement for them for wrath has gone out from the Lord the plague has begun."

"And Aaron took as Moses commanded and ran into the midst of the congregation and behold the plague was begun among the people, and he put incense and made an an atonement for the people. And he stood between the living and the dead and the plague was stayed." Numbers 16:47-48


I have more questions then answers

I am just the storyteller


"But the sons of Korah did not die" Numbers 26:11

Asaph, Herman, Jeduthan stood outside the alter dressed in fine linen

And playing symbols, harps and lyres

They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets

The singers joined in unison

They raised their voices together to praise the Lord and sang

"He is good. His love endures forever."

The dominant instrument was the human voice

"Our fathers trampled under our inheritance,

but God and His faithful people restored our legacy to us."

Their tongues became as the pen of a poet

Not only restored but restored to honor

Wearing the name of their father's shame

The songs of the sons of Korah

Are some of the most powerful

In the Psalms

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble

Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way

Though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea

Though its waters roar and foam

Though its mountains quake at its swelling pride

There is a a river whose streams make glad

The city of God." Psalm 46.1

Their redemption was a shining momentum

Their birthday song

My birthday song


On that day in Toronto

when I stood

under the pouring rain

I was released from death

As Aaron raced with the sacred censor

And separated the living from the dead

So Jesus Christ the great intercessor

Stood before death for me

And lifted me out of the miry pit

And gave me a new song to sing

The song of a soul set free

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!


Down in the human heart

Crushed by the tempter

Feelings lay buried that grace can restore

Touched by a loving heart

Wakened by kindness

Chords that were broken

Will vibrate once more

Jesus is merciful

Jesus will save. /Fanny Crosby 1869


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