In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Psalm 18:6 (NKJV)
I so love this verse. David tells us that in his distress he called upon the Lord. One of the reasons this is so neat to me is that as we saw yesterday David didn’t feel that there was any human he could go to for help. Despite the fact that there wasn’t a human he could go to for help, David worshipped a God that he could go to for help. David knew that the hard times of life didn’t have anything to do with God’s concern for him. David recognized the wonderful fact that God would be there for him when no one else could or would.
David goes on to say that he cried out to God. I love the picture of crying out to God. The reason I like the picture here is because of the passion involved in this. This word means to yell or shout out. David wasn’t half-heartedly mumbling a prayer to God. He wasn’t saying things like, “Dear God fix this amen.” David was so overcome with these burdens that he was shouting out to God for His help. This is a picture of passionate, fervent prayer.
It is so important for us to remember that during these times when we feel that no one else can or will help us that God is there for us. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. A part of the isolation that Satan tries to bring into our lives is to get us to isolate ourselves from God. Rather than recognizing that God is there for us during the hard times, we can become resentful at God for allowing these things to come into our lives.
If Satan gets us to take this bait, he will be able to convince us to isolate ourselves from God. Then he will be able to win all kinds of victories against us. Rather than isolating ourselves from God, we must learn to run to Him and passionately cry out to Him for help, trusting that He hears and cares about our desperate cries for help.
Then we get to the greatest part of the passage. David recognized that God had heard his prayers. He says that God heard his voice from His temple and that his cry came before God, even to His ears. The idea is that David’s passionate cries to God weren’t just noise that God heard but didn’t pay attention to. Instead, it’s that David’s cries went straight from his mouth to God’s ears. God heard and cared about everything that was going on in David’s life.
Isn’t it awesome to know that our desperate cries for help don’t go unnoticed by God? This is the God that sits on a throne being worshipped by a mighty throng of angelic beings. This is the God that is so glorious that the angelic beings cover their eyes in His presence because they aren’t worthy to look upon His face. From His throne come lightning and thunder.
This is the God that spoke worlds and galaxies into existence. This is the God who sustains His creation by His own mighty power. This is the God to whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that His Son is Lord. This is the great and glorious God of the Bible.
Yet this same God hears and cares about our desperate cries for help. Maybe we have just become so familiar with the idea that God hears our prayers that it has lost its wonder. But we should stand amazed that this great God not only hears our desperate cries for help, but also cares about our desperate cries for help. Even more than that, He actually invites us to cry out to Him for help, the Bible says we are to, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV)
It is incredible to know that at the lowest and worst points in our lives the great and awesome God of the Bible invites us to cast all of our cares upon Him because He cares for us. I pray that we never get over the fact that the great and glorious God of the Bible hears and cares about our desperate cries for help. Let this knowledge inspire you to love the Lord more and continue to cry out to Him confident that He hears and cares.