"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
The rescue from the Lord does not come because he is without sin, because he has perfectly kept all my precepts, because he has merit and is worthy to be delivered and guarded, but just by the mere fact that he loves the Lord. The 'he' here refers to each one of us. All God expects us to do is love him. The Hebrew verb (chasaq) translated as “loves” in the first causal clause denotes an intense and passionate attraction for someone. We need to love God in that sense, be passionate about him. When we are like that we can see the deliverance.
Some time ago, a teenager, Arthur Hinkley, lifted a 3,000-pound tractor with his bare hands. He wasn’t a weight lifter, but his friend, Lloyd Bachelder, 18, was pinned under a tractor on a farm near Rome, Maine. Hearing Lloyd scream, Arthur somehow lifted the tractor enough for Lloyd to wriggle out. Love motivated him to do it. Our Father in heaven heard the screams of lost humanity, crying out for deliverance. He sent His one and only precious Son to the cross so that our sins could be lifted off of us and on to Himself. Love motivated Him to do it.
The protection of the Lord comes to those who acknowledge his name. Acknowledge here again means with personal intimacy. We need to know the Lord intimately, we need to be close to his heart. He will lift us up and put us at a lofty place, meaning He would deliver us from all our troubles in such a manner that we would be far far away from them. Nothing can touch us again anymore.
How much do we love the Lord? How much do we acknowledge him? Are we down in neck deep troubles? Do we feel we don't have anyone to deliver us, rescue us? Do not fear! There is a loving Father who sent his only begotten Son, Jesus. Trust in him, love him, acknowledge him and you will be delivered.
By Carolyn Thomas