Hi everyone, David here.
This week’s theme is about rescue.
When everything seems to be going wrong in our lives – with our work, our finances, our health or some other situation it is sometimes very hard to keep trusting in God. David’s prayer in Psalm 31 is an encouragement to us to cry out to God to rescue us and then to put our trust in him.
David prays, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2a). He goes on, ‘I trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on the Lord’ (v.6b, AMP).
He says, ‘Into your hands I commit my spirit’ (v.5). These are the ultimate words of trust. These were among the last recorded words of Jesus prior to his death. ‘Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last’ (Luke 23:46).
In Psalm 31 we see the results of God’s love for us shown supremely through the death of Jesus for us.
The Lord is my refuge
The psalm starts with the words, ‘In you, Lord, I have taken refuge’ (Psalm 31:1a). Later he says, ‘Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge’ (v.4). There are many trials, tests, traps and temptations in this life. In all this, the Lord is our refuge.
The Lord is my rock
The psalmist writes, Lord ‘be my rock’ (v.2b) and ‘since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me’ (v.3). We can know God’s guiding and leading, by his Spirit. He is our security on which we can depend.
The Lord is my rescuer
He prays, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2a). He goes on to describe how God saw the ‘affliction and … anguish of [his] soul’ (v.7b). Yet God did not hand him over to the enemy (v.8a). He rescued him and has ‘set [his] feet in a spacious place’ (v.8b). In Jesus we receive the ultimate rescue.
This week may you know that you have been rescued from all my your enemies, from shame, traps, affliction and the anguish of your own soul. May you know that Jesus leads and guides you always. May you experience your own rescue and the security of His refuge, in the spacious place. Gracie and peace.
Here’s the lyrics and video to The Rescue by the Austrian band The Waifs
When your boots are well worn in
And you’re tired of travelling
When you got nowhere to call your own
You know my place can be your home
To the rescue here I come
To the rescue here I come
When I was out there playing hard
With my big attitude and my broken heart
Poison my only friend
And my drinking addiction
To the rescue there you were
To my rescue there you were
Now we’re both out there floating around
I still go to space but you’re on the ground
You’re in my heart you’re in my head
Right now we don’t need no rescuing
To the rescue I’ll never let you fall
To my rescue you’ve been on call