Monday, August 29, 2011

Answers to My Cry of Distress

Psalm 18, verse 6 says, "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even unto his ears."

I don't have room to post the whole of Psalm 18 here, but go and read the entire psalm and be blessed today. Have you ever had times of distress when all you could do was cry out to the Lord? I'm sure you have, as have I. This psalm brings me such comfort because it shows me in very descriptive terms how God answers my cry of distress.

"Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth..... The Lord also thundered in the heavens....Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;.... and he shot out lightnings..."

"He delivered me from my strong enemy..."

All of that response from just one cry!! I don't know about you, but whenever I read this psalm it speaks to me of God's great love for me and I think of how, as a parent, if anyone messes with my kids or grandkids, they might just get that same reaction from me!!! How much more does God care for me, care for you, that when someone messes with you, he moves heaven and earth to come to your rescue!!

"He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me." Do you ever think about how much God delights in you? Some times I just sit and watch my grandchildren and I take such delight in them, just who they are and how their little minds work. Do you think God often watches us and takes delight in us? I know He does because His word says He does.

I love a good thunderstorm. It reminds me of this psalm and I feel like God is warring on my behalf and I feel protected and sheltered, right in the midst of all the thunder and lightning!!

Please take the time today to read Psalm 18 and remember in your days and times ahead, that when you are in distress, cry out to the Lord and KNOW that He hears you and moves on your behalf.

"The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock and let the God of my salvation be exalted.......Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto they name."