Tag Archive | cry out to the Lord

Jonah 2:1-2 ” From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and You listened to my cry.’ “

When life’s going along smoothly…we tend to ignore God.  We smugly think it’s us that’s making it all happen.   So when disease, death or tragedy  hits – we’re thrown for a loop. ” How can this possibly be happening to me…what am I going to do…how can I fix this?”  It’s at that point of distress, we finally cry out to the Lord.  But how do we know God’s listening to us…how do we know we have His attention?  We can start by reading His Word.  The Bible is full of times when God miraculously answered His people’s cries for help.  And each time He answered, their faith was built up a little more.   The Psalmist showed this confidence when he wrote, “Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.  In the day of my trouble I will call to You, for You will answer me.” (Psalm 86:6-7)   It’s that assurance from past answered prayers that enable us to have confidence every time we cry out to God anew.

Psalm 142:1-2 ” I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.”

There’s been many times in my life when I’ve bared my soul to the Lord and complained loudly!  I’ve spilled out my frustrations as well as my tears before Him…knowing He would be the only one that could fully understand my distress.  And God does.  There is nothing you’re going through today that has caught God by surprise…nothing He doesn’t already know about.  The old Hymn, “What a Friend we have in Jesus”  is so true…for when there’s no one else you feel you can confide in…Jesus is always there.

Psalm 46:1 ” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God is your helper.  He is not indifferent to your plight.  He is not just siting there watching you go through tough times, detached and uncaring about what’s happening.  It tells us in Psalm 18 that when David cried out to God for help, He reached down from on high and rescued him.  That’s called divine intervention by a ever-present, ever-loving God.  Whatever you’re going through today, know that the Lord is actively involved and is keenly aware of every detail.  Cry out to Him and He will respond.

Psalm 142: 1-2 ” I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.”

I used to be a long distance runner…and during those hours on the back roads, I’d yell at God.  At the time,  I was in the middle of a very personal hell and wanted God to know just how scared and powerless I felt.  In my head, I knew the Lord was well aware of the situation…but in my heart, I needed to verbalize the pain.  Baring my soul out loud to God was a way I could express feelings I had never spoken to anyone…no one.  Putting words to  pent-up fear and terror helped me gain perspective.  By listening to my own words of anguish, my plight was somehow validated within me.  Yes, I yelled at God, but He quietly listened to every word I spilled out…every inner most feelings I couldn’t tell anyone else.  For God was there and He listened…He didn’t judge or admonish…He listened.

Psalm 107: 26-29 ” …in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Our bravery wanes when we’re faced with something bigger than us and feel we have no control.  But whatever you’re going through today remember – nothing is bigger than God.  The Lord can calm any storm in your life…whether it be outside your window or deep within your being.  Look to God…cry out to Him, for He is there to come to your aid.  For God can make a way when there seems to be no way…in all situations.