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December 18, 2012 / Pastor George Fike

On the 6th day of Christmas… Rescue Me


Dwane and George at Classic

Dwane is one of my heroes.  Seriously, the dude is a beast. He is a faithful believer and follower of Christ.  He’s an amazing husband.  He’s a hard worker. He’s a devoted father to his two sons. He’s a musician who has worked hard at his craft.  (I love the way he used to sign off on his emails: “Some people say I play a mean bass; I would say just a highly agitated one.”)  He has been a good and faithful friend to me.  He even came over a few weeks ago after a hard day’s work to help me remove a stubborn door and replace the doorknob.  And it seems like no matter what kind of help I asked him for, he was always willing to give of himself.

He and I went through a similar process at different times.  Many of you have gone through it as well, I know.  It’s the process we call recovery.  In fact, Dwane came to me after I’d gone through the process as he was deciding if it was something he ought to do.  Having decided to enter the 12-step group, he jumped in both feet first, and not only completed the nearly-yearlong process, he became a sponsor to many other men for the past few years.

One day, Dwane came to me with a song he had been working on.  He had been reading Psalm 71 and it really hit him where he lived.  His song was deep… emotional… full of passion.  A real cry out to God for help.  It was my honor to work with him on it, as he wrestled with the nuances of the melody and harmonies.  Even the lyrics – just to make sure it reflected what God had stirred up in him as he recovered from life’s many punches.  It’s still one of my favorite tunes.  When I sing it, or listen to it, I feel what Dwane felt.  There is so much of him in it.

More and more, the Psalm on which it is based speaks to me today.  Especially these verses:

5 O Lord, you alone are my hope.  I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.  6 Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.  No wonder I am always praising you!  7  My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.  8 That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long.  

9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.  Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.   17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.  18 Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God.  Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Alright. I’m NOT old!  (Unless you ask my kids!)  But I definitely am graying… ok… white-ing.  Whatever.  You know Paul told Timothy: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re young.”  I think things have radically changed.  Timothy would probably need to say to Paul: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re old.”  In our time, preachers are coloring their hair (OK, been guilty myself!), wearing the kid’s fashions, picking up slang terminology because if you act your age you’re irrelevant.  Sorry.  I have too much to offer to gingerly lower myself into a rocking chair.  The upcoming generation doesn’t need us to disappear into the woodwork; they need the wisdom that comes from our experience.  There is no spray can of Instant God-Walking.  They may not need it this moment.  But when they do, they don’t need us Tin Men having to lubricate our jaws with oil because we have had them closed too long. I will be vocal, because – in the words of Craig Groeschel“If you ain’t dead, you ain’t done!”

Remember, you can find all 12 songs HERE.

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