09.05.19 – Rescuer – Thursday Music

A different kind of worship song today, different in style to hymns, different in style to most songs sung collectively as congregations, but great nonetheless, Rescuer by Rend Collective.

There is good news for the captive

Good news for the shamed

There is good news for the one who walked away

There is good news for the doubter

The one religion failed

For the good lord has come to seek and save

The rescuer we have in Jesus sets the captive free (Luke 4.18), and He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19.10)

He’s our rescuer (hey)

He’s our rescuer (hey)

We are free from sin forever more 

Oh how sweet the sound (hey)

Oh how grace abounds (hey)

We will praise the lord, our rescuer

We are free from the consequences of sin, but we will never be perfect this side of eternity (Revelation 2.11, 20.6 cf. Romans 6.23).

What a natural thing to do when we see the truth of Jesus, we will praise the lord, our rescuer. Praise and worship to our Lord and Saviour is such a natural response (Revelation 5.9-13, Psalm 86.12, 89.1, 115.18).

He is beauty for the blind man

Riches for the poor

He is friendship for the one the world ignores

He is pasture for the weary

Rest for those who strive

For the good lord is the way, the truth, the life

Rather than pursuing earthly riches, which some erroneously teach is our inheritance in Christ, we are rich beyond measure in inheritance – the inheritance of eternal life (John 10.10). It doesn’t matter if everyone around you thinks you are a bit mad, the One who made heaven and earth calls you friend (John 15.13-15), and He is, as we find ourselves singing, the way, the truth, and the life (John 14.6). 

We can all relate to the narrative of someone being rescued, being in trouble and needing help, because, at the core, that is all of us. 

We know that we will never pull ourselves out of the mire that we find ourselves in, which is why we try so hard to put our hope and trust in something else, something bigger than ourselves.

What should that be, who should that be? As we hear at the beginning of the video for this song,

“There is so much bad news in the world right now. But, no matter what, we have good news, and that good news has a name, and that name is Jesus Christ.”

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