Scripture

Psalm 18:6-19 (NIV)

6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

I like all sorts of films for sundry reasons. However, give me a good superhero film any day of the week. The thing with superhero films though, is that the hero can’t be everywhere at once. This notion, that our hero cannot be in two places at once, has often been brought up to challenge audiences and heroes alike. It’s a popular strategy of the villain to put our hero into a situation where they have to choose between saving person A or saving person B. This type of conflict isn’t isolated to superhero films or any particular genre. The term for this is “Sophie’s choice.”

Sophie’s choice refers to an extremely difficult decision a person has to make. It describes a situation where no outcome is preferable over the other. This can be either because both outcomes are equally desirable or both are equally undesirable (Dictionary.com).

We like superhero stories because we all want someone to come into impossible situations and save us. We like real-life heroes because they exemplify traits that we want to see in ourselves.

When I read these verses from Psalm 18 I can see God, with a “G” on His chest take off flying from His temple to rescue the Psalmist (David) from an impossible situation. What’s cool about these verses to me is that this is just what God does for us. He hears our prayers and cries to Him and then He does whatever it takes to save us from them. God isn’t like the superheroes we want to save us. God is real. He can save each one of us from anything we can imagine. He sent Jesus to die for us and then raised Him from the dead, defeating death so that we can have eternal life with Him. In this life, he heals us from every sickness and injury. The blind are made to see again, the deaf can hear and those who cannot walk are made whole.

Do you need a hero? You’ve come to the right place.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.