I guess I am just a visual guy… I read Psalm 18 this morning and a graphic scene came to mind… A victim struggling in swirling, violent, treacherous waters of a terrible storm at sea… All hope seems gone! Death seems certain! Desperate cries of despair can be barely heard above the howling, fiendish wind and roaring waves!! In sweeps a huge, powerful, apocalyptic-Divine rescuer who reaches down and snatches the victim from the terrifying waters and flies away to a place of peace and safety!!! Kind of a combination of scenes from an evening news weather feature or an epic movie…

Here’s the deal… scenes like that – and language like that are found in your Bible! In fact, it is used to describe how the Living God rescues us when we are in deep distress!! Psalm 18 describes it (you should read it for yourself… I did!) How encouraging! I can only give you a taste of it here…

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise and I have been saved from my enemies! … In my distress I called to the Lord! I cried to my God for help! From His temple he heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears! … He parted the heavens and came down … He reached down from on high and took hold of me! He drew me out of the deep waters! He rescued me from my powerful enemy – from my foes, who were too strong for me. He brought me out into a spacious place! He rescued me because he delighted in me!” (from Psalm 18.1-19 NIV)

I appreciate and identify with the scene, believe me! … It describes how I felt when the Lord rescued me from the deadly consequences of my sin! It also vividly captures other situations and times of distress when the Lord has “come through” for me. I’ve heard some of your rescue stories as well… Just take it from me, the Lord is in the “rescue” business! He can do it! … And has!!! Do I hear someone’s cry?

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