As I sit lookiñg out on the Mediterranean Sea, I think of how blessed I am to just be alive. Never in my wildest dreams when I was a twenty-something young wife and mother of four children who was nearly beaten to death did I think that one day I would travel the world enjoying sights and sounds of places a long way from Tennessee. It was nothing I did for myself that brings me here, but a willing Savior who heard my cries and came to my rescue within moments of my prayer for rescue.
The psalm today, Psalm 70, is one that acknowledges the saving grace of El Shaddai, Almighty God. It reminds us that no matter how big the problem or the enemy, God is able to rescue us.
Psalm 70: 1(NLT) Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. May those who try to kill me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
David had many enemies during his life, including King Saul and David’s own son, Absalom. Both wanted him dead for different reasons, and David had to run to save his life on more than one occasion. I can just imagine David bowed down, feeling alone in his trouble, with his enemies taunting him, confident that they had him in an impossible position, one from which he could not escape.
That is how it feels for women and men living in domestic violence. The abuser believes that no one can save you from their constant violence, taunting that they control your life and nothing you do will change it. Abusers are good at convincing the abused that they are alone and incapable of being saved. Even though there were moments when I thought the only way out of a violent situation was death, like David, I never lost my faith in a willing savior.
Psalm 70: 4-5 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” But as for me, I am poor and needy, please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper savior; O Lord, do not delay.
David had been saved by God many times, so he understood the joy and gladness that floods our souls when we have the confident hope and assurance that God will hear and come to our rescue. On that fateful night for me, as I felt my spirit start downward into a black abyss, I knew somehow that I was dying and that my abuser did not realize that he was about to kill me.
With my last breaths, I asked God to not let me die like a dog in the street, poor and needy and forgotten. He answered quickly, and when I felt the tightness of his hands around my neck loosen, I knew that God had heard my cry. If I had had sufficient strength, I would have shouted, “God is great!” My willing Savior did not delay, and today, I sing, “Glory, glory, glory, to Almighty God,” for every new moment, new sight, and new person I experience.
David knew that his Savior would give him victory over his enemies. The Lord had proven His love and care for David time and time again. It is the same with me, for He saved me from violent men twice, and as I look out over the sun shining brightly on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea on this hot day in Spain, I will shout today, “God is great!” Keep trusting and believing, no matter how confident your enemies may seem, for God is greater .