A successful rescue always requires two essential factors:
Firstly, the one being rescued has to acknowledge the truth of their own situation and that they are in desperate need of help. It’s only when the hands reach out for help that they can be taken hold of and pulled to safety.
Secondly, it also requires the one being rescued to put their entire trust in the one who is helping them. A person being rescued at sea can’t half heartedly take hold of the life line lowered by a helicopter.
There were many times in Davids life that he needed to be rescued by God. Entire armies came against him, a mad king pursued him throughout the wilderness to kill him and he was even betrayed by his closest friends and allies. David was one who knew what it took to see the power of God released into his desperate situation.
With the authority of an experienced veteran David shares the uncomplicated yet powerful truth for anyone needing help:
‘The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth’ – Psalm 145:18 (NIV)
To call on God in truth is to be honest about our need of Him, whole at the same time having a deep trust in the truth of who He is.
Yesterday my four year old daughter began to climb a precariously steep limestone wall so I drew closer just in case she fell. In a similar way, God is always close and ready to lift up and rescue those who call on Him the second they look to Him.
Although God is our greatest coach and cheerleader, His joy isn’t found in the ability we might have to achieve greatness independently of Him, but instead delights in us as we lean on and look to Him:
‘His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love’ – Psalm 147:10-11
Instead of relying on your own limited capacity to get yourself out of or through a difficult situation, confess the truth that you need Him, and trust in His unlimited compassion and ability to rescue and lift you up again.
Don’t allow any stubbornness or a lack of trust to ever prevent you from calling to Him!
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