Monday, July 2

I will call 

Scripture: Isaiah 4-5, Psalm 115-16, Jude

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord because he has heard my appeal for mercy.  2 Because he has turned his ear to me, I will call out to him as long as I live.

Psalm 116:4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!”

Psalm 116:13-14 How can I repay the Lord for all the good he has done for me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.

Psalm 116:17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.  

Observation

I love this psalm, and still sing an old song from v. 1-2.  The psalmist is thanking God for hearing his call and saving him.  He was in some kind of a mess.  “The ropes of death were wrapped around me, and the torments of Sheol overcame me; I encountered trouble and sorrow.”  But he called on the Lord and God delivered him, and this is a song of gratitude, and a declaration that “because he has turned his ear to me, I will call out to him as long as a I live!”

Application

Call on the Lord!  

At the first sign of trouble, call on the Lord!

When you feel overwhelmed, afraid, sorrowful or worried, call on the Lord!

When you are under attack, oppressed and besieged, call on the Lord!

When you are weary and restless, call on the Lord!

When you are in bondage or stuck, call on the Lord!

And when God answers, thank Him and celebrate His goodness to you!

Today, I will call upon the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, you know that often, my first response to trouble is to try to manage on my own, rather than turning to you.  Help me to remember that your ear is turned toward me and you are waiting for my call.  I love you…and I will call.