In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Psalm 120:1
David’s life consisted of a daily calling out of the name of the Lord. Whether in the highs and lows of life, he remembered to call on the name of the Lord. As a christian, we might have developed that imaginary picture that a believer is perfect and would never be in distress, but that is the opposite. In the book of Psalms, David opens up with a call for help. He showed us that there will be unfavorable times, but these bad situations should not make us run away from God, but it should move us come to him for help. We shouldn’t disregard God when times are hard. We shouldn’t forget him, we should not be angry at the only one who can deliver us out of our troubles.
Rely on God’s power and not on our own. We have to admit that we can’t do it on our own. We have to acknowledge that there is someone greater and wiser who can help us carry our burdens. We think our plan of solving our problem is the great, not knowing that God has the best solution for it.
Fear of being blamed. God knows our limitations, God knows our weaknesses and when we are in a tight situation, all he wants us to do is to CALL unto him, so he can show us how he can move in our lives. He wants to reveal more of himself to us through our situations.
God answers. This was the confident that David had. He was confident that when he called upon the Lord, he would get an answer. Now, the answer did not always look favorable on his side, but he got an answer. That is the kind of confidence we should have when coming to God. In the old times, people needed to sacrifice animals, followed cleansing rituals just to be heard and forgiven by God, but God ended that when he sent Jesus Christ, to be the ultimate sacrifice once and for all. We don’t have to sacrifice live animals with blood anymore, for the blood of Jesus that was laid down on the cross became that payment for our sins. Sin entered though Adam, Salvation entered through Jesus. This then is the confidence we now have whenever we call upon the Lord. That through Jesus, we have access to the Father and that we will be heard, and we will be answered whenever we call to the Lord in times of distress.
To whom do we go to during our difficult times? Do we immediately kneel down before God for help or call our friends and other strong people around us? This is a reminder to call on the Lord first before anyone else. Remember, he answers and he will use the people around us to meet our needs.
Words & Wonders Devotional: ASCENT
Focuses on the Songs of Ascents in Psalm 120-134. They are psalms of rising up, thanksgiving, celebration, laments, etc. all geared toward returning to God to worship once again in his presence.