What To Do When In Distress!

Attacks come from all sides! You just suffered a huge personal loss and NOW your enemies jump you in your darkness. What does the disciple of King Jesus do?

David responds prays! “He said: “I love you, Adonai, my strength! “Adonai is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold. I call on Adonai, who is worthy of praise; and I am saved from my enemies. “For the cords of death surrounded me, the floods of B’liya‘al terrified me, the ropes of Sh’ol were wrapped around me, the snares of death lay there before me. In my distress I called to Adonai; I cried out to my God. Out of his temple, he heard my voice; my cry reached his ears.” (Psalm 18:2–7, CJB)

Note this isn’t one of those soft, churchy, powerless prayers. This is an all-in, loud distress call to the Almighty God sitting on the Throne of Mercy! When David “called on and called to” Adonai (Hebrew word replacing the too-holy name, Yahweh), he tells us what that meant: I cried out to my God.

That must have been some prayer! It was heard all the way into Heaven! And what did God DO in response to David’s drained, desperate, and determined call for mercy and to find help in his time of need? The passage goes on to say, Adonai …

  • Heard David (7
  • Got angry with David’s enemies (8
  • Blazed against David’s enemies (9
  • Came down to David (10
  • Flew on a cherub (type of angel) (11
  • Stormed against David’s enemies (12-13
  • Thundered His voice against David’s enemies (14
  • Scattered and routed David’s enemies (15
  • Rebuked David’s enemies (16
  • Rescued David (17-18
  • Supported David (19
  • Moved David to safety (20
  • Rewarded David (21-25

So when you have had enough. When you are too down to look up! Make some noise before God! Cry out to your God. Out of his temple, he will hear your voice; your cry will reach his ears!

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