Rescue the Perishing
Fanny Crosby 1820-1913
Someone suggested to Fanny that she write a song about rescuing the perishing from the scripture in Luke 14:23. While speaking to the boys at a rescue mission in New York City she pleaded with them to come to her after the service if anyone there had wandered from home and the teaching of their mother. After the service a young man approached her and asked, “Did you mean me”? A few days later the words of this song came to her.
This song says a lot. It shows that Fanny Crosby had a heart that longer to see people come to Christ. She really saw that people were dying without Him. I pray I can have that kind of compassion of the people I come in contact with.
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.
Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, Feelings lie buried that grace can restore; Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
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.