YOU ALONE CAN RESCUE by Matt Redman
Who, O Lord, could save themselves
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea,
Your grace is deeper still
You alone can rescue,
You alone can save.
You alone can lift us from the grave.
You came down to find us, led us out of death.
To You alone belongs the highest praise!
We’ve been singing this song at our church this past month. If you haven’t heard it you can hear it here. The words of this song immediately catapult me back to the time leading up to Jesus finding me and bringing me into His Kingdom. Remembering His rescue stirs emotions deeply hidden in my heart.
For you see I remember darkness and life without hope. I remember a sinful lifestyle and the emptiness of it all. I remember my older brother’s death when he was just twenty three years old — a brilliant young man almost finished with college and poised for a job at NASA — I remember asking WHY? over and over! And I remember the agony of not knowing where he was after death. I remember deep, inconsolable grief. I remember shaking my fist at God and challenging Him to show me His reality, because in that deep pit of grief I didn’t believe He was real!
And I remember His rescue of me. For out of a deep pit of despair came my quest for truth! Nothing could stop me! I would not be denied truth. I wanted truth and I wanted real answers! What was life about if you could live twenty three short years and it all be over? There had to be more to life than that! My religion and my friends offered me no answers, and my angry, aching heart definitely held nothing but emptiness. I sought for answers day and night. I longed for it like a person wandering in a desert without water.
Then one day, still in mourning, seated in a church steeped with religious practice, but void of life, I prayed The Apostle’s Creed from the depths of my heart. Like a drowning person fighting to stay above water, I cried out the truths of this ancient creed. “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord. . . “, I prayed the entire creed — fervently!
Suddenly, for the first time in my entire eighteen years of life, I felt peace enter my heart! An awareness of His Presence surrounded my soul, and all I knew was I never wanted to leave that place. I wanted this moment to last forever and I didn’t want to return to the life I had been living.
“You came down to find us, led us out of death.” Instantaneously found! Transferred from darkness to amazing, overwhelming light! Oh how incredible it was to be found! To be led out of death!
“You alone can rescue! You alone can save!”
“To You alone belongs the highest praise!”