Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

To The Rescue

Have you ever experienced a rip tide? This type of tide can be extremely dangerous.  The current is so powerful it can drag a swimmer standing waist deep out into deeper waters.  Sometimes a swimmer caught in a rip tide will die from the exhaustion of trying to swim back to shore.

So a lifeguard is placed on duty.  A lifesaver.  A rescuer.

Sometimes there are two.

Their vigil is constant.  Always they are watching for signs of danger, listening for a cry for help.

Ready, in an instant to pursue.

Their goal…To recover all.

Today as I read the story of David in Chapter 30 and I was reminded of a lifeguard.  A lifesaver.  A rescuer.

When the Amalekites invaded they took the women captive, both great and small.  The people wept and lifted up their voices.  “And David was greatly distressed…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”  (1 Samuel 30:6)  And he enquired after the Lord, “Shall I pursue?”  And the Lord answerd, “Pursue: for thou shalt…without fail recover all.”  (1 Samuel 30:8)

So David went to rescue what was his.  Along the way he found an Egyptian in the field, and asked, “To whom belongest thou?” (1 Samuel 30:13)  In finding he was a servant to an Amalekite, David asked if he would be willing to join their cause.  The servant agreed as long as David would not return him to the man who held him captive.

As they approached the Amalekites they must have felt the power of the danger ahead, for the people were “spread abroad upon all the earth.” (1 Samuel 30:16)  But still David pressed forward and led the rescue.

“And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away…and there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.”  (1 Samuel 30:18-19)  The wives.  The children.  The small.  The great.  Even the servant in the field.

David recovered all.

Remember when we talked about David as a type of Christ?  Again today we see that type.

Within the story of David we see a reminder of the Savior.

A lifeguard.  A livesaver.  A rescuer.

One whose vigil is constant.  Always He is listening.  Always He hears the cry for help.

His arms are outstretched constantly.  He has promised to recover us, every one.

To recover all.

Sometimes His rescuing effort requires our help.

Today I hold in my mind an image of two sons.  Both dressed in well worn suits, white shirts, and ties.  Each wearing a nametag over their hearts.  His name.  Acting as His lifeguards.  His lifesavers.  His rescuers.

I pray for them…these rescuers all over the world.  The servants in the field.  May they lead those who are seeking to be rescued to the Lord.

"In a very real sense, those persons stranded …in the storm-tossed sea

are like many ..who await rescue.

Their hearts yearn for help.

Mothers and fathers pray. Wives and children plead.

I pray that all of us … may sense our responsibilities

and, as one, follow our Leader—even the Lord Jesus Christ

—to the rescue.

President Thomas S. Monson

Emily Freeman