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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Just When I Need Him

Today’s Verse:

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. ~Psalm 28:7


Sometimes, we will leave a voice message or send an electronic message requesting a response from another party, but they do not get back to us as quickly as we would like them to. We might say to someone else, “I haven’t heard from him.” In our human nature, we want to hear back from the other person. We feel the same way towards God when we do not receive an immediate answer from Him. However, God hears our prayers! God is there for us just when we need Him.

We see the distressing concern.

“Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” David was anxious about the advancement of his enemies against him. He was also anxious that God did not answer him right away. When we are in trouble, we want God to act on our terms. We want instant results. It is almost as if God should respond to our every whim. When God appears silent, we are anxious. Anxiety is a sign that we have not accepted God’s grace to work in us and that He is in control, even though things appear very bad. Are you overcome with distressing concerns?

We see the desperate communication.

“Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.” David was crying when he prayed. He was praying constantly. David poured all of himself into his praying. He was desperate for a divine intervention. Have you ever been at a place where you were really desperate? If you have, you were in survival mode. You were oblivious to everything else going on and determined to do whatever necessary to get out of the predicament you were in.

We see the delighted confirmation.

“Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.” David poured his heart out to God until he had nothing more to say. I believe that he was broken and at the end of himself. It was at that moment that he realized God heard his supplication. All along God had heard him, but David was so overwhelmed with his anxiety that it blinded him from realizing that God was at work. Can I encourage you to know that the Lord has heard the voice of your supplication? Can I encourage you that God desires to have us come to the throne of grace and receive His help in time of need?

We see the dependent comprehension.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” When we come to the end of ourselves, we see how great God is. David had strength to face his enemies and not be afraid. He found safety in the Lord’s presence. He put his entire faith in the Lord and saw that he was helped. The key is faith in God. Faith removes the clouds of doubts. Faith helps us see the invisible hand of God as it enables us. David was revived, and instead of being distressed, he was rejoicing, singing, praising, and worshipping.

Just when we need Him, Jesus is near and Jesus is there! Have faith in God; let Him restore to you the joy of your salvation!

Have a revived God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 4-8

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