Have you ever felt trapped, hemmed in, or cornered? Not too long ago, I watched the movie “San Andreas”. There was a very intense scene where a young woman became trapped in a car that was being crushed by giant chunks of falling concrete. A massive earthquake had caused parts of the roof to collapse and fall on the vehicles in the parking garage. With her legs trapped under the floorboard of the front seat, the roof of her car began to cave in. There was no way for her to pull herself out. She needed HELP! She needed RESCUE!
I imagine this type of thing commonly happens in horrible earthquakes. There is always footage of rescuers scouring caved in buildings looking for signs of life. Miraculously, there have been people rescued after being trapped for days in very small, tight spaces. As for me, I’m a bit claustrophobic, so that just sounds horrific!! Buried under an immense pile of rubble, trapped in a tiny space, not even room enough to move around, sounds like a nightmare! Thank God for the brave men and women who often risk their own lives to RESCUE those who are TRAPPED!
Many Biblical heroes felt “hemmed in”, in jeopardy, trapped in a tight circumstance, and the Lord heard their cry, reached down, and delivered them into WIDE OPEN SPACES. Many of the Psalms were written with this kind of language.
In the book of 1st Samuel 24, the Biblical hero David, who would later become KING DAVID, is squirreled away, trapped, hiding in a deep, dark cave from the wrath of King Saul, who sought to take his life. At one time, David and Saul had been very close friends, but Saul grew jealous of David. Learning of Saul’s murderous intentions, David fled. Saul gathered together 3000 men (army) to pursue David with the intention of killing him. Can you imagine? Three thousand men to pursue just one man? Saul and his men arrived at the cave where David and his friends were hiding. Not realizing that David was inside of the cave, Saul stopped there to “relieve himself”. In so doing, he made himself completely vulnerable should David decide to launch a surprise attack.
In that moment, David learned of Saul’s vulnerability and realized that he had a prime opportunity to take the life of his enemy. As a matter of fact, David’s men even informed him that Saul had been “delivered into David’s hand”. What did David do? Did he kill King Saul when he had the chance? He had been hiding in that cave for some time. I can imagine that David had a strong desire to be free of the fear that had him bound up, hemmed in, confined to a small space.
David was able to sneak out of the cave and secretly cut off the edge of King Saul’s robe. However, David then felt badly about cutting Saul’s cloak, so David determined in his heart that he would NOT harm Saul, even though Saul, had sought to kill David. David would not allow his men to lay a hand on King Saul, because Saul had been anointed by God.
Because of David’s obedience and respect for God’s Word, God did indeed deliver Saul into David’s hand, and David was brought out into a wide open space.
David left the cave that day! King Saul, appreciating the fact that David did not kill him when he had the chance, gave up trying to kill David. Because David had been obedient to God, he no longer had to run and hide in a cave, he was FREE! God delivered David into a “wide open space”.
When we feel trapped, hemmed in, surrounded on every side, sometimes it’s hard to even breathe. But, when the situation changes, we feel we can breathe again, that we are no longer constrained—we are free to roam the wide open spaces of God’s deliverance and grace.
The Hebrew for salvation is yasha, which means ‘to bring into a wide open space.’ יָשַׁע yâshaʻ, yaw-shah’; a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor; avenging, defend, deliver(-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save(-iour), get victory.
Sometimes our flesh bodies can feel like a trap, like we’re hemmed in with pain, with disability, with illness. God understands our pain. Jesus Himself suffered severe pain and anguish on the Cross, one of the most painful, torturous ways to die. While He was literally being suffocated from the weight of all of our sin, He only thought of one thing...RESCUING US! Because Jesus was willing to walk the narrow path, the difficult path, and die the suffocating, painful death, we can be RESCUED and delivered into a wide open space. No longer trapped by our circumstances, no longer confined by our pain, no longer under the penalty of death for breaking God’s Laws, we have a LIFELINE in Yehoshua (Jesus), our SAVIOR. Soon and very soon, the Trumpet will SOUND and we will be changed, fully delivered into a Wide Open Space, FREE to RUN, and DANCE and REJOICE! Pain, suffering, sickness, death, will be a thing of the past.
When we love Jesus, when we KNOW Him and are KNOWN by Him, He will RESCUE us from our penned in, trapped circumstances where enemies surround us on every side! He will set us SECURELY on High, into a WIDE OPEN SPACE. Best of all, God will let us SEE, let us EXPERIENCE HIS YESHUWAH, HIS SALVATION! (JESUS)! Hallelujah!! (Praise be to YHWH)!