CALLING UPON THE LORD

Scripture Reading: Psalm 18:1-6

“In my distress I called upon the Lord, to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.” (Psalm 18:6)

This Easter was different from any other Easter I have ever experienced, and I am sure this is true for all of us. We broadcast last year’s Easter service. As I watched it, I realized how much I miss gathering in worship with God’s people. I am thankful that we are able to continue worship with the people of God scattered through electronic means. The message of the resurrection indeed brings us life and hope and joy and peace. I find great delight in the thought that Jesus conquered the tomb and was victorious over death. Worship lifts our spirits and encourages our hearts.

Why then do we still get so distressed and anxious? We had a bad storm last night. My phone sent a message that there was a tornado warning in our area. Of course this woke Mary Ann and me up. We went downstairs to be safe. After the warning was over, I had a hard time getting back to sleep. My mind drifted back to our current difficult circumstances. I began to get anxious over many things. We are all under a great deal of stress now. I began to concentrate on the difficult things I am dealing with. What happened to the joy and peace I had experienced on Easter? The message of the resurrection got lost in my anxious thoughts.

I started reading the Psalms again in my daily devotions. Toward the end of last week, I read Psalm 18. The words remind me that God wants me to call upon Him in my distress — “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help”. God wants us to cry to Him for help. There are problems and challenges that do not have simple solutions. However, we know that God does have the solutions and He will give us wisdom to handle them. When we are distressed, our first action should be to call upon the Lord, rather than to let our minds run wild with the “what it’s.”

The verse ends with these words — “From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.” Isn’t that wonderful news? God hears our cries; they reach His ears. I can find rest from my distress when I know that God has heard my cry for help. And I know that God can do something about my concerns and He will do it because He loves me immensely. Psalm 18 begins with these words — “I Love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (vs. 1,2). How comforting these words are to me! The God who hears our cries for help is able to deliver us from our distress. He is our strength, our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer.

When we get all stress out with the difficulties, problems, and trials we are facing, let us call upon the Lord; let us cry out for help. Be assured of the fact that He hears and He will deliver us from our distress.

I love You, O Lord, my strength. You are my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. In my distress I call upon You, Lord. I know that You hear my voice and that my cry for help reaches You.

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