Psalm 50:15 (ESV) “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
If anyone knows what affliction feels like and how to cry out to God in times of deep pain, it’s the Psalmists. Read through the Psalms of David and you’ll see a man who struggled greatly with his own sins, who wallowed in his guilt, who fled from and feared his enemies, and who knew that the Lord would be his rescue. No matter what the circumstances, David was able to trust in his Father to deliver him.
Asaph is no stranger to these same experiences. His Psalms are just as likely to point out the goodness of God, His faithfulness in time of stress and His never-ending love. It’s clear through reading many of the Psalms that the times God is closest to us are the very times when we’re most in need of Him. He draws near to those who are broken (Psalm 34:18). The Father wants us to trust in Him and cry out to Him in our times of need, in our lowest of moments. Sometimes these prayers may be the sweetest sounding to Him. Better than a rejoicing Hallelujah!
When it’s most difficult to bring ourselves to call on God because we feel so far from Him, that’s when it’s most important that we do. When we call upon Him, He will deliver us. In those times when we think He can’t be trusted, we just have to do what David, Asaph, and so many others did. Recall the past deeds of our Father, who has on so many occasion delivered us.
Psalm 77:11-12 (ESV) “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your
wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
Are you low? Think of a time He’s picked you up. Dwell on that feeling, hold on to that kept promise. Glorify God in your hope placed in Him to deliver you.
Matt Cochran is the children’s ministry director at Christ Fellowship of Tampa, serving over KidCity and Awana. He has a seminary degree in discipleship ministries and formerly served in the United States Marine Corps. He has been married to Rose for over a decade and they have three children.
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