And, I'm reading these verses considering their message to a Christian in the fourth week of Advent. We are looking forward to the one whom God has made strong. We ask for and need to be restored, to be saved.
May we also pray sincerely the words, "We will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name."
We receive the rescue as a gift not as a reward for our efforts. Then we are able to respond to that gift.