“Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”
Psalms 28:6-7 NLT
David rejoiced because he knew that God had heard his cry. Isn't it such a relief to know that God has heard our cry? How many times have we called out to God from a pit of distress? Many times! God is constant and we can depend on His faithfulness. The One sure thing in life is God!! He is right there just waiting for us to come to Him. I'm not suggesting that we use Him like a vending machine to fulfill our momentary desires. He is not to be used like a spare tire. Without a doubt, God has rescued us from things that we got ourselves into. We found ourselves in a place of difficulty that required divine intervention. In His mercy, He picked us up and dusted us off. He set our feet on solid ground. Take a moment right now to thank Him for His mercy. We haven't deserved His loving kindness. Patiently, He has endured our inconsistencies. Had it not been for His steadfast character, we would have been left to swallow the devastating results of our own foolishness. David wasn't always faithful either. There were times he drifted and wasn't true to God. However, God was always true to him. David had been chosen by God to be king. God knew David's heart. Acts 13:22 calls David "a man after God's own heart". David was a human, just like us, that had a special relationship with God. Because of God, David was used in mighty ways to accomplish God's will in his life (see Acts 13:36). Although David faced the dreadful task of fighting lions and bears while tending sheep, defeated Goliath the giant, endured the wrath of Saul (the God rejected king), fell into an adulterous affair, battled enemy tribes, and even had to mourn the loss of his sons, he knew where his deliverance came from - God! (see 1 and 2 Samuel). David recognized that victory is held in the hand of God. David loved God with his whole heart. God wasn't an on and off switch to David. In our own lives, let us recognize our sin, return to God, repent of it (see Psalm 51), and strive to live in recognition of His abiding presence. Like David, let's run to God in our times of need, but may we never "use" God as a tow truck. God wants to drive the car of our lives, not just get distress calls for a tow when we break down.
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Rev. Curtis Norris