David calls for the Lord to rescue him from his persecutors. The word rescue causes dramatic pictures to flood our minds. What are the emotions surrounding rescue? Who was rescued? From what were they rescued? What happened to get them into a situation where they needed to be rescued? We love stories where people are rescued, and we make heroes of those who do the rescuing.
Psalm 142: 6 Please (Lord) listen to my heart’s cry, for I am low and in desperate need of you! Rescue me from all those who persecute me, for I am no match for them. 7 Bring me out of this dungeon so I can declare your praise! And all your godly lovers will celebrate all the wonderful things you’ve done for me!
David was rescued from his troubles as God worked. Jesus rescued us when He died for our sins on the cross. Romans 5: 8 But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly! As Jesus hung upon the cross, He thought of you because His death was going to rescue you. This was something you couldn’t do; it is a gift of God.
David tells the Lord that if he is rescued, he will celebrate and praise God for what He did. David is rescued for a purpose and so are we. In this time of pandemic, we can still be agents of God’s love. Check on a neighbor (while keeping social distance). Leave a bag of groceries on a out of work friend’s doorstep. Write a note of encouragement to someone who may need it. Written cards have fallen out of favor because of texting and email but they are a memento that can be kept and re-read. We can still have a purpose as we wait for God’s rescue in His way and His timing. To hear more about David and how God helped him, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/david-and-his-songs-the-early-years/the-god-of-refuge
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