Hear my cry!

In this Psalm below we encounter the author pouring out his heart to God in a time of great need. His heart is faint within him, he is searching for a place of refuge and safety and therefore deeply desires that the Lord would hear him and respond. As I read this psalm, I’m struck by the fact that we often reserve this posture of prayer for the “big moments” of crisis or trial in life. Though we may not say it, we act as though there is a limited number of times we can come before the Lord in prayer. It is a shortsighted mindset that tells us God’s love can run out and we can exhaust His willingness to be near to us in our times of need. 


“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings. For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.” Psalm 61:1-5 

 

 

When we fail to come to God in prayer we foster a posture of self-sufficiency. We save up our prayers for the times of crisis and overwhelming trial, and in the times in between, we act as though we simply must figure it out on our own. And so we toughen up and take matters into our own hands. Over time, our normal rhythm of life, therefore, becomes one of independence and self-help, with divine intervention coming only in truly extraordinary circumstances.

 

The Psalms push against this autonomy and invite us to learn afresh how to be people for whom prayerful dependence becomes the daily rhythm of our lives.

 

For this to happen, two things are required of us. The first is to trust God. We must trust that He is, in fact, good. That He will not lead us astray or give us a stone when we ask for a fish (Luke11:11). If we do not believe that God is good, we will never fully trust Him in every area of our lives. As we encounter Him in his goodness and faithfulness, we are then, secondly, invited into a lifetime of learning to release control. Self-sufficiency and control are so closely related. If we think everything is up to us, we will do all that we can to guarantee outcomes by minimizing variables and vulnerabilities. And yet, if God is who he says He is, we can learn to trust His plan even when we feel exposed or uncertain of how it will work out.

 

This Psalm reminds us that the Lord is a rock that is higher than we are, a strong tower, and a source of refuge for those who are weary. Turn to the Lord today and allow Him to lead you out of a place of self-sufficient control and lead you into a posture of trust and gratitude for his faithful guidance and goodness in your life.

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I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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One Response to Hear my cry!

  1. Lynn Warren says:

    Such a great reminder!

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