He alone can rescue me
(J. C. Philpot, "The
Mighty God in the Midst of Zion")
"My eyes are always looking to the Lord for
help, for He alone can rescue me from the
traps of my enemies." Psalm 25:15
"Oh, please help us against our enemies,
for all human help is useless." Psalm 60:11
What a mighty God we have to deal with!
And what would suit our case but a mighty God?
Have we not mighty sins?
Have we not mighty trials?
Have we not mighty temptations?
Have we not mighty foes and mighty fears?
And who is to deliver us from all this mighty army,
except the mighty God? It is not a 'little God' (if I may
use the expression) that will do for God's people. They
need a 'mighty God', because they are in circumstances
where none but a mighty God can intervene in their behalf.
And it is well worth our notice that the Lord puts His
people purposely into circumstances where they may
avail themselves, so to speak, of His omnipotent power,
and thus know from living personal experience, that He
is a mighty God, not in mere doctrine and theory, but
a mighty God in their special and particular behalf.
Why, if you did not feelingly and experimentally know . . .
your mighty sins,
your mighty trials,
your mighty temptations,
your mighty fears,
you would not need a mighty God.
O how this brings together the strength of God and
the weakness of man! How it unites poor helpless
creatures with the Majesty of heaven! How it conveys
to feeble, worthless worms the very might of the
This sense of . . .
our weakness and His power,
our misery and His mercy,
our ruin and His recovery,
the aboundings of our sin and
the super-aboundings of His grace;
a feeling sense of these opposite yet harmonious
things, brings us to have personal, experimental
dealings with God. And it is in these personal
dealings with God that the life of all religion consists.
"The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles." Psalm 34:17