Cry out to God
'In my distress I cried out to the Lord.' Psalm 18:6 NLT
Even when we reach a point where we're exhausted, tired and burnt out, afraid, disappointed, discouraged, or close to giving up, there's still hope. We can cry out to God, and he promises to hear us. Whatever we're facing, big or small, God is the answer.
The psalms are full of examples of people crying out to God when they were in overwhelming circumstances. 'In my distress I cried out to the Lord...[and] he heard me' (Psalm 18:6 NLT); 'I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord' (Psalm 77:1-2 NIV); 'Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry' (Psalm 17:1 NIV).
King David often cried out to God. David said: 'He reached down from Heaven and rescued me; ...he led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me' (Psalm 18:16, 19 NLT). David discovered that God was his 'rock...fortress and...deliverer' (Psalm 18:2 NIV). He recognised that God was a place of safety where the enemy couldn't get to him: 'The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe' (Proverbs 18:10 NIV). This tower represents security in God where we're lifted above our circumstances, where we regain perspective, where we can look ahead and know that God is helping us in our trials.
So what now? Cry out to God today. Tell him what you're facing, big or small, then sit quietly and listen to what he has to say to you.
Soulfood: Job 5-7, Matt 24:1-14, Ps 116:1-11, Pro 8:8-9