A Cry For Help - Psalm 18
"I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears." Psalm 18:3;6
David offered this hymn of gratitude for his deliverance from the hand of Saul and all his other enemies. He began by declaring his love for the Lord and exalting the Lord in praise by naming all He is to him through this Psalm.
David had endless distresses throughout this scripture but no matter what he turned to the Lord God to be the source of his deliverance during those difficult and fearful times.
The steps David took in crying out to the Lord; trusting and relying on God for His mighty hand may be some we can practice today during this Covid-19 pandemic. (Psalm 18)
#1 David declares his love for the Lord, who he knows has proven to be sufficient (vs. 1,2).
#2 He called out to the Lord to save him from his enemies, confident that God heard him (vs. 3,6).
#3 He expressed a heartfelt longing for God's deliverance (vs. 19).
#4 He acknowledged that God is in control despite all the disasters he experienced (vs. 16,17).
#5 He remained confident even in the midst of delays that kept him from immediate deliverance (vs. 28,33,36)
#6 He glorified God when deliverance came or his enemies were defeated (vs. 43,47-50)
We may never face the turmoil that David faced, or maybe we will, but in the midst of the trials and difficulties we are going through and will go through believers can be confident that we are loved, that we will be ultimately delivered, that every delay will be used to edify and make us better, and that God is our ultimate conqueror.
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
...For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels not principalitites nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:31,32,38,39) Hallelujah!
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, You are gracious and full of mercy; Your love is never ending. May we walk confidently in knowing that You are by our side. Through Your love all of our worries, concerns and anxieties will be conquered. Help us to place our faith and trust in You always. In Jesus' name. Amen.