The psalmist refers to God as their refuge, rescuer, and deliverer. These are just a few of the many names we can attribute to God. Others include, but are certainly not limited to, healer, provider, forgiver, restorer, reconciler, redeemer, comforter, King, and guide. Each of these names speak to a characteristic or trait of God. As His children, we call on Him to act on or to be these things as we seek His action through our prayers. It is at times as if we are reminding God of who He is in hopes of finding healing or restoration or whatever it is we are petitioning God for.
The names we attach to God can also remind us of who He is. The many and varied names remind us of how powerful and limitless our God is. The fact that He is so many things to us reinforces the belief that God can be our all in all. As we consider this, we come to realize that our God is capable of anything.
Yet, to us, God does not always do all that we ask. Or so it appears to us. For example, in the midst of a storm or trial in life, we ask our Great Deliverer to deliver us from the situation. Or perhaps we come to our Great Healer and ask for Him to bring healing to a friend or loved one. But we find that the trial goes on or that the person passes away. We question if He is indeed deliverer or healer. We forget that His plans are not our plans. Maybe in the first case God was not quite done refining us. Maybe in the second, the person found the healing they truly needed. His ways are far above our ways.
In the end, if we are faithful, we will find deliverance or healing or whatever we seek. May we be ever faithful and trust in His ways and in His plans for our lives.
Scripture reference: Psalm 71: 1-3