FRIDAY 30 September
God Hears our Cries
When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry entered His ears. - >2 Samuel 22:5-7
Notice, David’s prayer as he cries out to God in utter distress––Lord I am calling upon you because I have nobody else to call upon. So he prayed so that God would help him to take care of his enemies. He described the emotions of his distress; death enclosed around him like the raging waves of the sea. Floods of ungodly behavior swept towards him as if to swallow him whole. He felt the emotional instabilities of his perplexing anxieties and his inner fears.
Sorrows of Sheol––the place of the dead (Luke 16:19-31), became a reality to David. Thoughts of death and dying became in the forefront of his mind. But he knew, without doubt, that his prayerful cries for help would be heard by God. Notice David said: my God, he had a personal relationship with the living God and His ears were open to David’s cries.
When circumstances come upon us what do we do? Call upon the Lord? You may have enemies, problems or situations in your life right now but understand you can call upon the Lord. God is always there with an open ear to hear. Imagine, when you cry out your prayers go into the ears of God––it is so cool. He listens to your prayers and becomes your helper.
It is really important to examine the condition of our hearts when we come to God in prayer. Sin separates us from God. We must have a clean heart before the Lord. Do you have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ? Our first cry to God must be that of a repentant sinner.
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lordshall be saved.”
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