When I hear the word “rescue” the first thing that comes to mind is old cartoons. The damsel in distress has been tied to the railroad tracks by a dastardly villain. As she screams for help with the oncoming train fast approaching, the hero swoops in and rescues her without a second to spare. (This sounds like the perfect scenario for Sweet Polly Purebred and Underdog to me. 🙂 )
Rescue. It sounds so dramatic. It sounds so intense. To me, I can’t help but think of danger or trauma or some kind of volatile, dire situation. But how often do we face these circumstances? How often do we really need rescuing from near-death experiences? Do we really need rescuing at all? I mean, we live pretty normal lives. On the drama scale of life, we’re probably on the lower end of average. We work, raise kids, cook, clean house, go to church on Sundays, vacation once in a while, volunteer for committees every so often, do an occasional home improvement project, etc. You see? Normal, right? So, why would we need rescuing? And what would we need rescuing from?
It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around this in a spiritual sense because I’m so independent. I’m independent to a fault. I don’t need rescuing. I don’t need saving. I’m not a damsel in distress. I’m self-sufficient, productive, even-keeled, and all that other stuff. See, I don’t need rescuing….or do I?
Several Psalms were written by David who so many times needed physical rescuing from enemies. Yet, I believe that David, though he needed physical deliverance at the time, knew he needed spiritual rescuing as well. Listen to his cries for help:
- Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. (Psalm 31:2)
- Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me…from the deep waters. (Psalm 69:14)
- In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. (Psalm 71:2)
- Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. (Psalm 142:6)
- Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters… (Psalm 144:7)
Here’s the deal…I may not be in dangerous or dire situations that I need Underdog or Superman to swoop in and save me from. But I do need rescuing from myself. I need Jesus to save me from myself. I need God to rescue me from my strong temptations to do things I shouldn’t. I need rescuing from my arrogant, self-centered, egotistical, prideful self that wants to put me above all else. I need the Holy Spirit to quickly save me with His comfort when I doubt, fear, fail to trust, engross myself in negative thoughts, etc.
The truth is that temptations pursue me, fear is too strong for me, my ego is a mighty and deep water for me to overcome, sin is the mire in which I sink, and so…I need rescuing.
I’m grateful for David and the other Psalmists who wrote words from their heart which can also be the cry of mine. “Come quickly to my rescue…deliver me…listen to my cry…save me.”
What is your biggest struggle that you need rescuing from? We’d love to hear your thoughts.