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by: Don Carmichael

06/20/2022

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One of the vital missions of the Air Force, as well as our Coast Guard, is that of rescue.  The Army and Navy as well have rescue as a mission.  Troops stranded or under fire.  Wounded warriors.  Downed pilots.  Perhaps you’ve been rescued yourself a time or two, maybe even by a boss or mentor, helped in a weak moment or while under duress.  A Chaplain or a friend.
Of course, rescue has many synonyms, like help!, saved, salvation, all with a wide range of applications, still meaning rescued.  King David of Israel often acknowledged and referred to the times God Himself intervened, even in battle, and rescued him, literally saving him and his warriors from an overpowering enemy.  In fact, he recorded this in poetry and song, “I lift my eyes toward the mountains.  Where will my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth,” giving credit where credit was due.  David knew he owed Him, once and more.  He knew it was neither himself nor one of his leaders that rescued them out of a dragnet.  What had he seen as he looked up from the valley?  Very possibly the surrounding enemy across the hillside.  But He knew, personally, Who would be his rescuer.  Again.
Centuries later, the great Messianic prophet would personally proclaim, “Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust Him and not be afraid, for the LORD, the LORD Himself, is my strength and my song.  He has become my salvation.”  He understood God to be not only his momentary rescuer, but also for eternity.  He understood the coming of Jesus, Messiah, to be God’s plan of salvation for eternal reconciliation.  Together again and forever.
Father, oh the times I recall of You rescuing me and many of these.  Quietly intervening and causing a rescue effect, even from an unseen enemy.  Thank You for Your ultimate rescue through the Cross, one of eternal consequences, one of being reconciled with You.  Forever.
So what do you do when you are rescued?  Thank the one that has intervened on your behalf, personally.  Remember to Thank Him Who rescues you daily through forgiveness and mercy, showing you grace and understanding of your frailties.  Learn to walk closer with Him, even to His house.  May He become “Your strength and song and salvation.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-2‬, Isaiah‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭CSB‬‬
One of the vital missions of the Air Force, as well as our Coast Guard, is that of rescue.  The Army and Navy as well have rescue as a mission.  Troops stranded or under fire.  Wounded warriors.  Downed pilots.  Perhaps you’ve been rescued yourself a time or two, maybe even by a boss or mentor, helped in a weak moment or while under duress.  A Chaplain or a friend.
Of course, rescue has many synonyms, like help!, saved, salvation, all with a wide range of applications, still meaning rescued.  King David of Israel often acknowledged and referred to the times God Himself intervened, even in battle, and rescued him, literally saving him and his warriors from an overpowering enemy.  In fact, he recorded this in poetry and song, “I lift my eyes toward the mountains.  Where will my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth,” giving credit where credit was due.  David knew he owed Him, once and more.  He knew it was neither himself nor one of his leaders that rescued them out of a dragnet.  What had he seen as he looked up from the valley?  Very possibly the surrounding enemy across the hillside.  But He knew, personally, Who would be his rescuer.  Again.
Centuries later, the great Messianic prophet would personally proclaim, “Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust Him and not be afraid, for the LORD, the LORD Himself, is my strength and my song.  He has become my salvation.”  He understood God to be not only his momentary rescuer, but also for eternity.  He understood the coming of Jesus, Messiah, to be God’s plan of salvation for eternal reconciliation.  Together again and forever.
Father, oh the times I recall of You rescuing me and many of these.  Quietly intervening and causing a rescue effect, even from an unseen enemy.  Thank You for Your ultimate rescue through the Cross, one of eternal consequences, one of being reconciled with You.  Forever.
So what do you do when you are rescued?  Thank the one that has intervened on your behalf, personally.  Remember to Thank Him Who rescues you daily through forgiveness and mercy, showing you grace and understanding of your frailties.  Learn to walk closer with Him, even to His house.  May He become “Your strength and song and salvation.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-2‬, Isaiah‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭CSB‬‬
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