Yahweh Mephalti

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.  

Psalm 18:2-3

I don’t think a person ever completely outgrows their need for their mom.  When my mom got sick, even though she was 60 when she died, she still longed for her mom.  She told me that our desire for mom’s care when we are sick never leaves.  Even though my mom and I often fought (because we were SO much like each other), she was the one that I wanted to talk to when things were going badly.  Of course, she was also the first one I called when something was going well!  About six months before she died, God was preparing me.  He spoke to me in my Quiet Time one day and said that my mom would not always be there, I need to learn to come to Him first.  He wants to hear my bad days and my good days.  He hears me, He knows what I’m going through, and He cares about me.

As I did some research into this name, Yahweh Mephalti, I was surprised to find so much more there than meets the eye.  So often we try to define Hebrew terms by what they would mean to us in English.  That isn’t a good idea.  There is usually much more behind the Hebrew word than the English translation. 

The root word of Mephalti is palat, which means “escape, deliver, save, or slip away”.  This involves the idea of delivering from danger, but there is another side to this word.  It is the process of becoming sleek or smooth; to bear or deliver from the womb.  So not only does God deliver us from danger, but He causes His promises to be birthed in us.  I read the following quote that makes it really hit home:

“He is the God that will deliver and birth His promises in you by using the trying circumstances to deliver you from the fleshly covering that has us bound so tightly.” 

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David spoke of this characteristic of God in Psalm 34:

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. 

Psalm 34:17-19

He hears, He knows, He cares ….

The biggest illustration from Scripture that we see of God as Deliverer is the story of Moses and the Israelites and their deliverance from Egypt.  God rescued them from the bonds of slavery.  He heard their cries, He knew their pain, He cared about them.  He brought them into the Promised Land (eventually). 

But even more than that … God provided a way to deliver us from our bondage to sin.  Jesus came to earth for that specific purpose.  He came as a baby, and grew up hearing our cries, knowing our pain, caring about us, even as He had done from Heaven.  He will bring us into the Promised Land if we let Him lead!  We need to follow Him and He will deliver us.

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