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Friday, November 14, 2014

When We Cry Out, God Hears

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Psalm 34 is one of my favorites. It was written after David acted like he was crazy in front of King Abimelech (also called Achish, King of Gath). David was thrown out of the king's court, and it saved his life. (1 Samuel 21:10-15)

As we know, David was a man who walked closely with God. This is what David says when he was in danger for his life: I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (verse 4). 

He sought God. The word sought means “seeking or enquiring.” David was going to the Lord in prayer! 

Notice what God did for David:
  1. God heard him.
  2. God delivered him.
God’s same response is repeated in verses 6, 17, and 18:
6. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
17. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I would imagine that not many of my blog readers are in danger for their lives, as David was. I would also imagine that everyone has some kind of a need for God to act on his/her behalf.

God hears when we call. He saves and delivers.

Our very first call should be to God for salvation. Knowing we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), we know we need a Savior. The Bible says that the Son of man (Jesus) is come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11). When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price of our sins. We have only to call out to Him for salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

We can’t work our way to salvation. It doesn’t depend on us. It’s by God’s grace when we put our faith (trust) in Jesus Christ to save us. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God saves His own children. In Psalm 34, we also find this encouraging verse: The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate (verse 22).

Here are some more uplifting verses from Psalm 34:
  • The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them (7).
  • O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him (8).
  • O fear (respect) the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him (9).
  • The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing (10).
  • The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry (15).
  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all (19).

God is interested in our problems. He wants us to share them with Him in prayer, and He will meet our needs.

Praise Him!

O magnify the LORD with me, 
and let us exalt his name together. 
(Psalm 34:3)


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