There is nothing more precious than the “hug” of a child when it is given to us without our asking for it. It is so innocent and undefiled. It is given voluntarily with nothing expected in return. It is an expression of “thanks” for something we may have done that we can no longer remember. It is given freely, honestly, openly and joyfully because the child has no other way to express its feelings.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him.” The word love in this verse carries with it the idea of being hugged. In other words, God not only loves us by what He says, but by what He does. So, says the Psalmist, “He hugs us” - keeps us as close to Himself as He possibly can.
When God rescues us from sin and graciously and generously provides us with His salvation, we receive an eightfold blessing. After He rescues us, we have:
His protection: We are not exempt from difficulties but are assured of His presence and grace when they come.
He knows us by name: He recognizes us as unique individuals with a plan from Him for our lives.
He will hear us when we call upon Him and give us His solution for our problems.
He will be with us and deliver us when we are surrounded by life’s troubles.
He will honor us when we honor Him.
He will satisfy our needs as long as we live and when our life is over join Him in heaven.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to love You as much as You love us - to love You with all of our hearts and minds and souls. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 91:14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.