SCRIPTURE TEXT: Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter” –Proverbs 24:11
Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, Tell them of
Jesus the mighty to save.
Refrain: Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
Though they are slighting Him, Still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive; Plead with them earnestly,
Plead with them gently; He will forgive if they only believe.
Rescue the perishing, Duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide; Back to the narrow way,
Patiently win them; Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
Fanny Crosby recalls that this hymn like many of her hymns was written from her personal experience at the New York Bowery Mission. While she was addressing a large company of working men, a thought kept forcing itself on her mind that a boy must be rescued that night or he might be lost eternally. She made a plea to them asking if someone has wondered away from his mother’s teachings. A young man came forward and they prayed for him. And suddenly he rose with a new light in his eyes saying— “Now I am ready to meet my mother in heaven, for I have found God.” The amazing part of this story is that a few days before Fanny encountered the young man, William Doane, the composer of this hymn sent a tune of a new song to be titled “rescue the perishing”.
The great commission to all Christians is to go to the world and be the disciples of Christ. Many are those who are perishing daily. We can only lift up the fallen by showing love to those in need. People don’t care about how much we know until they know how much we care.
Fields are white and the harvest waiting, the Master is looking for more laborers. Who will go and work today?
Prayer point: Pray for those who are far from the salvation of God, remember family members and friends who do not know Jesus and are not making any conscious effort to know him.
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS