Day 102: Speak up! God is listening (2 Sam. 21-24)

Posted: July 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior ā€” from violent men you save me. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. -2 Sam. 22:3-7

I really could read David’s praises for hours and hours. Such beautiful, honest, forthcoming worship. One can see David baring 100 percent of his soul as he comes to the LORD. In this song of praise in 2 Sam. 22, David is praising God for delivering him from Saul (see Psalm 18, it’s almost identical). We are kind of rewinding in time here, because the last four chapters in 2 Samuel, 21-24, are kind of like an appendix for the book, so it’s not really chronological. It touches on David’s Mighty Men, some miscellaneous battles and also the story of David’s life being saved by Abishai, but the song really stands out to me.

These days, it seems the world is always about to swallow us up. Sometimes, it’s the little things that build up to a boiling point. Sometimes, it’s life-altering events that take you by surprise, punch you in the gut and bring you to your knees. Some days, the events of our lives bring us to a point of surrender, crying out to God to rescue us from whatever is beating us down.

God hears you.

In the above passage, David is thankful that he was delivered by God from Saul. On many occasions, he was on the brink of death, nearly overrun by his enemies, but God delivered him, time and time again. There have been many times, especially recently, that have reminded me that God has given us our lives here on Earth, but our days are numbered. I am sure there have been many times where He has delivered me from death, times I don’t even remember, or times I was probably ignorant of the circumstances, but that doesn’t mean He wasn’t there, doing His work.

Even today, we deal with sickness and disease, people we know are struggling for their lives, and we need to keep in mind that like it says in the verses above, God hears our desperate prayers. Although these terrible things surround us, God hears us, and in his timing, he heals us.

Remember this as we pray for each other, or the people around us that are struggling. God hears our prayers. he is not a God that doesn’t care about what is happening. He is a loving, caring God, and He longs to hear the prayers of his children. There have been a few things that have weighed heavily on my heart recently, and it is comforting to know that my Savior not only is hearing me, but is responding according to His plan.

When we pray, it’s OK to be honest, be forthcoming and open in your heart. God knows your feelings and what you are going through. Have faith that he will answer your prayers. Whatever is going on around you, He can rescue you from it, so speak up! God is listening. Don’t lose heart! Stay strong. God hears your cries. You don’t have to be a poet or a musician like David to have your prayers heard by God. Come to him sincerely and honestly, and you will share the same audience. Don’t let your circumstances drive a wedge between you and your Savior. Instead, use them to draw closer to Him, and know that God hears you, He loves you, and will never, ever forsake you!

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