I was having a hard time finding what I wanted to say to everyone today. I wanted to go in order (from Psalm 1 – 150), but I was struggling with finding a couple of verses for today. I found one I liked, but I didn’t love the way my “message” would have ended. Then I found exactly what I need to say today. (Thanks, Jesus!)
Psalm 28:1-2: 1 LORD, I call to You; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If You remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit. 2 Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
Probably most everyone has been in this position before, at some point, at some time in their life. This is not that uncommon. You hear it all the time. “Well, I prayed, but God didn’t answer me.I might as well give up/quit asking/not worry about it. God must not care” or “God can’t hear my prayers,” or my favorite, which I have heard people say, “God’s just taking too long.”
Wow, what harsh immature, and especially ignorant statements. People who say these things are ignorant. Now, I am not calling them names. I am simply stating that they do not know or understand God fully. Now, again, I am not talking about David who first wrote this. He was asking God not to forget him, and to answer him when he called. He was not saying, “God can’t hear my prayers”.
If you pray and ask God for something, and then don’t believe it to be true or able to become into reality, then of course it wont. That would be like a child asking their mother for a pop tart. That kid knows, that she knows, that she knows, that she knows.. Mom’s going to get me a pop tart. We have to have faith like this. We have to know that God is listening, and God does love us.
Jon Foreman wrote a song called Your Love is Strong. There is one line that makes me tingle when I hear it, he says, “Two things You told me..that You are strong, and you love me.” Wow. That is so true. God is so strong. He is the strongest. (I don’t compare God’s strength with anything because its no competition.) And, boy (sorry, Wesley’s been watchin a lot of Andy Griffeth), does He love us.
My favorite part about this morning, is when God showed me what made me choose these verses. Psalm 30. Verses 1-2. I’m not sure if these are in order of when David wrote them, (but that makes sense). Wow.
I’ll end this with the verse.
Psalm 30:1 : 1 I will exalt You, LORD, because you have lifted me up and have not allowed my enemies to triumph over me. 2 LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and You healed me.