Rescue Me

“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.”

Psalm 22:19-21

This is a prayer of rescue. Sometimes when life is swirling around us, we feel like this. We need help because it seems that dogs, lions, swords, and wild oxen are our enemies.

They probably don’t come in that form but they are there. Maybe they come in cruel words or criticism. Maybe they come in being fired from a job or discovering that what you thought you knew about a person has turned out to be a lie. Maybe they come as broken promises and broken dreams, but they do come.

This is a prayer of rescue that King David brought before the Lord and God heard him. God hears us, too.

But when Jesus prayed for rescue from the cross, God was far from Him.


Because every sin, from every person, from every time was placed on Him and He was taking the judgment and punishment for it all. It came full force against Him but when sin met the blood of the Savior and He breathed His last breath with the declaration that it was finished, paid in full, it meant our rescue was permanent. It wasn’t just from the pain of life, it was from the pain of hell for eternity.

We are rescued.

Lord, thank You that are NOT far from me. Thank You that You are my strength and You come quickly to help me.

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