Crying out to God
By Cindy Puhek on January 04, 2018
Two of my children memorized the first 31 verses of Psalm 107 this fall. As I listened to them recite, the beauty of this Psalm washed over me and I learned some lessons about God.
The first lesson is God's mercy endures forever. We live among humans who are often unmerciful and it is easy to forget the great mercy of God, especially when we need mercy the most. Second, my response to tragedy and difficulty in my life should always be to cry unto the Lord in my trouble. The refrain to “cry unto the Lord” is repeated 4 times in those 31 verses and it is always followed by “and He saved them out of their distresses.” The troubles that prompted the cry were all different. One of the troubles was deprivation directly resulting from following God. Another trouble was darkness that was the result of rebellion against God. A third found trouble through their own foolishness. And the fourth were in trouble due to circumstances beyond their control. In ALL cases, God stepped in to save when they cried to Him. And that leads to the third lesson I learned from this Psalm which is that the accusor of the brethren will lie to me and tell me God will not rescue me from trouble, especially trouble that comes as a result of sin. Satan will tell me that my trouble came about as a result of my bad, foolish, prideful, faithless decisions. “You left God behind long ago, why would He rescue you now?” the father of lies whispers.
And these lies resonate with my soul because I know deep down I don't deserve God's mercy. But this Psalm emphatically states, “And they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death. And break their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.” (Ps 107:13-15). It is extra comforting to me that those verses are describing God's response to the rebel who cried to God as the darkness which he well deserved was closing in.
Am I experiencing any trouble today? Are my kids rebelling? Are my finances a wreck? Is my marriage in trouble? Am I facing a season of uncertainty? Let me cry unto the Lord in my trouble and watch Him save me, in His time and in His way. And may I praise the Lord for His mercy, His goodness, and His wonderful works to the children of men.