Read Psalm 86. Today, we are looking at how God is our hero. I am not a big superhero fan, but I do like the Spiderman movies. To me, heroes are first responders, police, fireman, search and rescue, and those in the medical field. I remember many years ago when I was stung by a bee and had an anaphylaxis situation. The people in the emergency room that day saved my life — I was struggling to breathe and they rescued me and here I am still today on the earth.
Yet when we are looking at God, we see a different kind of Hero. When the Psalmist in verse 2 says “Save your servant,” it is understood that God saves like no other. In the Passion Translation, it says, “I turn to you in faith, my God, my hero; come and rescue me!” The word “save” in Hebrew is “yasha” which means “deliver.” This points to God being the One Who delivers, rescues, saves— but not for a one-time moment like the emergency room workers did that day I was attacked by the underground bees. This saving is of an eternal nature. This saving is forever and ever.
In Romans 6:23, we read that the wages of sin is death. Each of us sin and each of us then have this result of death (Romans 3:23). So we all need a Hero. Yet, in Ephesians 2:8-9, we read that it is because of God’s grace that we are saved through faith. It is a gift of God. While we were sinners, God still made a way for us to be rescued, to be saved (Ephesians 5:8). We see here that God made the way— that God is the Hero. That God sent His Son to be our Savior, our Hero, Who paid the ultimate price.
Not only is God our Hero, but Jesus is the only Hero who truly saves and offers everlasting life. As Acts 16:30-31 and Romans 10:9 reminds us, we only need to believe in Jesus Christ, and we will be saved. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Our Hero. God so loved the world, everyone, that He sent His Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Him, whoever believes in Jesus, will not perish but will have eternal life (John 3:16). The mission of Jesus was to save everyone. By His blood on the Cross, everyone— you and me and the whole world— has the offer of salvation because of the free gift of God’s grace. There is salvation in no one else (Acts 4:12).
Today, let us thank Him for His salvation. We were dead in our sins until we believed. It is through Him and Him alone that we are saved, rescued from the pit, and given a great inheritance in Christ Jesus. Thank you Jesus. “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” (Psalm 118:22-24 NIV). Amen.