If I’m sick, I go to the doctor. If my car breaks down, I call my husband. If I’m feeling down, I’ll have lunch with a friend. Unfortunately, sometimes I do all that before I call on God.
Where do you turn in times of trouble? Do you go straight to God or do you try to find answers and solutions on your own first?
David wrote the 86th psalm during a “day of my trouble.” His natural response to difficulty was to go to straight to God.
1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.
Psalm 86:1-7, NLT
David asked God to hear and answer his cry for help. He had complete trust that God would respond to his need because of His unfailing love. David also knew God could respond to his needs. “Among the gods there is none like You… For You are great and do marvelous deeds” (Psalm 86:8, 10).
David’s troubles weren’t easy, light, or few. David even knew days when “a band of ruthless men” sought his life (Psalm 86:14). At various times in his life, David needed protection, mercy, joy, forgiveness, provision, strength, comfort, and guidance. God met every need, every time.
What do you need today? God will respond to your call because He is full of unfailing love for you. God can meet your need because He possesses all power and authority.
As you listen to this song, think about the last time you took your needs to God? What was it? How did He respond?
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thank you for this message and song. It truly blessed my heart as my family and I are currently dealing with my dad being place in hospice care. It was a very difficult decision for our family. He is a believer and we all know he will be going home soon but the transition process is very difficult. I (we are not alone).
Sylvia, I am so sorry about your father. May God give you and your family strength and peace in these difficult days.
Kathy I love that God will give us happiness. I think so often we think the Christian walk is somber and heavy. When we give ourselves to him as David declared, he gives us happiness. So many people I run into these days are so unhappy – even Christians. Thanks for sharing this 🙂
Laura, thanks for pointing that out! As verse 4 shows, we find happiness when we give ourselves up to God!
I going through depression… My life is gradually slipping away , l need the help of God to fight this….
Our great God is able to help you! But very often He works through His people. Please reach out to a Christian friend or minister and ask for their help. Will you do that today?