The definition of RESCUE: To set free, as from danger or imprisonment; save.
When you rescue something or someone, you are saving them from destruction, from pain, from harm, from danger, from possible death. A Rescue Mission is designed to rescue the homeless from poverty, but much deeper than that it’s designed to reform the person and rescue them from self-destruction. If you rescue an animal, you are saving it from the dangers of wandering and plundering for food and shelter, which likely can and will lead to death. It’s a dramatic, merciful act to rescue something or someone. The ultimate purpose and plan of the rescuer is to save.
As I’ve been working on my year-end reports this afternoon I’ve had Selah Radio playing on Pandora. One of my favorite songs which I’ve shared with you before is Wonderful, Merciful Savior. This afternoon I latched onto the truth of this line out of the song…
You rescue the souls of men.
My soul was headed for destruction, self-destruction! My soul was starving to death. My soul was lonely and cold. My soul was wandering to and fro looking for satisfaction, pilfering through the garbage of this world looking for answers. My soul was wretched and homeless and hopeless. And God in His great love and compassion reached down and drew my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit to Himself. By the blood of His only Son, God became my Rescuer. By the blood of a Lamb – THE Lamb, God rescued my soul from eternal death. Hallelujah! Who am I that He would be compelled to rescue me? Who am I that He would want to spend eternity with me? I don’t know, but I’m so thankful He did! The Rescuer called me by name, I answered, and He saved me. Amen!
I pray you know Him personally as The Rescuer.
I love this passage of scripture…
“Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have rescued my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:5-9 NASB). [Italic emphasis mine]