He Is Able to Deliver

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

William Ogden had natural talent. Growing up in a Christian family, he started studying music when just eight. Demonstrating unusual sensitivity, it was discovered that he could write a melody just by hearing it sung or played.

Responding to the outbreak of America’s Civil War, Ogden served as a soldier in the 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. But even during this tense and violent conflict, he found a way to use musical skills, organizing a choir of soldiers.

After the war, Ogden studied with some of America’s finest teachers and developed into a highly respected composer, publishing several books of his works. He also taught music in several schools, even serving as superintendent of music in the public schools of Toledo, Ohio.

But throughout his life, Ogden clearly had not forgotten his experiences of war. The fears. The anxieties. The constant dangers. Through these uncertain conditions, he had learned to depend on God.

In 1887, he expressed this confidence in a hymn called “He Is Able to Deliver Thee.” The inspiration was the Biblical story of how God delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace in Babylon.

Ogden declared the “grandest theme” he could imagine. It was a theme that God was ready to deliver anyone who trusted in Him. He could deliver from sin, for God would deliver “the guilty heart” and “the sinful soul.” How to experience that deliverance? “Look to God in faith, He will make thee whole” and give us rest.

Ogden had confidence that he could depend on God. He could deliver his servants even from a fiery furnace. He can deliver you from any situation you face. Trust in Him!