9 “Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
I will be glad because he rescues me.
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
“Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
Psalm 35:9-10, NLT
If you have ever been delivered, you understand gladness! Gladness is often linked with rescue. When you’ve been lifted from a pit, you will know “glee.” You will taste it, breathe it, and shout it out-loud!
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”
Malachi 4:2, NLT
Winter is hard, and far more challenging than we realize. Our flocks and herds suffer much. But the prophet Malachi can see a point of deliverance. When the calves who have spent their entire lives in a dark barn are released into pasture, they are ecstatic! They leap about, twisting and jiving. They are truly free.
V. 9, “Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
I will be glad because he rescues me.”
“Rejoice and rescued.” David’s sure confidence is in a God that is involved in our deliverance. He is a “rescuing God.” His very nature and essence is to save people. He rescues them (like “Baywatch,” times 100,000.)
Being glad, really is not an option. It is mandatory. It happens when you have been released from the stall. You are to be that calf, jumping up and clicking its heels. (If you can’t click your heels you don’t fully understand what has just happened.) You’ve been set free!
V. 10, “With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
Key words here: “Who else?” David considers everything that has happened to him. But he sees much more. He sees a God who loves to rescue people. He understands this God who loves to protect the weak.
All that are sadly afflicted find that God is a kindly refuge. He focuses on the weak, and presses further then we think is comfortable and tolerant. We are pressed by His extravagance, He seems to have gone way too far. We can protest and object but that changes nothing.
When He is present, everything works toward release and wholeness. His impact is quite extreme, and we leap from our rigid stalls. We leap and dance in a complete freedom. He has “unleashed” us. And we will never be the same.
His very heart is for those stuck on the margins. He focuses on the poor, the helpless and all that are weak. These we often overlook, we just can’t see them. But they exist. We think if we can’t see them, then they can’t be real. But they are hidden, we must look closer than we have already.
These are victims. We should really find them. They are precious to our heavenly Father. They have done nothing wrong, but are victimized by those who have all they need. Keep in mind; God rules their lives (as He rules ours.) We dare not object to our Father’s eccentricities in this matter.
- Inspirational Bible Verse Illustrations for Encouragement, Hope and Comfort (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
- The Pit and the Trap: Psalm 35:7-8 (psalmslife.com)
- Psalms 20 – A Prayer for Victory (revthechristianlife.wordpress.com)
- Patience in the Psalms (resources.wcrossing.org)
- The Day Jesus Sang (brokenbelievers.com)
- He Will Intervene: Psalm 144:1-2 (psalmslife.com)
- A Battle Hardened God: Psalm 35:1-3 (psalmslife.com)