Words from the Heart for Monday June 13th, 2016
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Psalm 91:14-16 (NLT)
Rescued and Protected
A child who is afraid often clings to a parent, hanging on for safety and security, knowing their parent defends them. How have you clung to the Lord?
In Canada, search and rescue is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial and municipal organizations, as well as air, ground and maritime volunteer organizations. There is a distinct organizational difference between the responsibility for ground search and rescue and that of aeronautical and maritime. Due to its vast size and range of environments, the country relies on a diverse group of government, military, volunteer, academic and industry partners to provide overall search and rescue services to the Canadian public. In addition to responding to search and rescue emergencies, the organizations also invest time and resources to help prevent incidents from occurring. United by the common theme of “working together to save lives,” the collective work of these partners forms the backbone of Canada’s national search and rescue operations. In the arctic, a consortium of seven countries work together to save lives.
I can’t imagine being lost at sea, or deserted on an island, or stuck in an elevator. The experience must be frightening. You’re never sure anyone will ever find you. While I’ve never experienced anything like this physically, every person has at one time or another found himself or herself in a position of spiritual danger. Sometimes we place ourselves there by letting temptation overwhelm us, so guilt weighs heavy. Sometimes circumstances over which we have no control seem to overwhelm us and we quickly run out of our own resources. Where do we turn at times like that? Psalm 91:14-16 says “The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” This is a great promise from the Lord. It is filled with grace. There is nothing we have to do – or can do for that matter – to earn the Lord’s favour. He grants to all who love Him the blessings of His rescue from trouble, and the promise of long life and eternal salvation. All the Lord asks is that we love Him and trust in Him. It is the message of salvation by grace through faith alone, found here in the heart of the Hebrews Scriptures. Do you love and trust Him? If so, these promises are for you.
These have been words from the heart.