Memorize: “In distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears” Psalm 18:6.
Devotional Reading: Psalm 18:1-30
God is faithful beyond flaws, he is reliable and dependable, nothing committed into His hands will suffer failure. One of the best decisions anyone can make in life is to know the LORD and develop a relationship with him. The name of the LORD is the great asset anyone can have and the strongest shield for protection. Proverbs 18:10; The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. The name of the LORD is like the city of refuge in Joshua 20; the avenger of blood cannot pursue anyone into that city, the avenger of blood must cease the pursuit if anyone runs into the city.
David faced a crisis. Pursued by Saul and Israel’s armies, he felt hopeless, as if strangled by “the cords of death.” He was “terrified” and didn’t see a way of escape.
Finally, everything changed. What made the difference? He cried out to God with intensity, “Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. Psalm 18 v. 7″.
We notice that God responded only after David cried out to Him. As the circumstances changed, David realised that God delivered him from his enemy, even though they “were too strong for him” v. 17. He continued to face difficulties, but he knew that God was with him and would deliver him whenever he call upon Him.
We can feel the fear in David’s voice and sense how desperate he felt. Then we can understand more clearly why he said, “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength” v. 1. We can understand more clearly why he looked at God as his rock, fortress, and deliverer.
David knew that God would save him and that he could depend on Him. What a wonderful feeling.
How do you respond when faced with challenges of life? When you feel trapped, worried or hopeless. When you come to a crossroad or dead end do you get confused? Do you give up? Do you call on man? Or, do you call on the LORD. As David learned, these times provide opportunities to seek God, to stay confident that He will hear your prayers and answer.
Make the LORD your strength. Your rock, fortress, and deliverer. He is your shield and stronghold. He is worthy to be praised, he will never fail you.
The life of David was a testament that God hears and answer the call of his children. Even if you have committed sin, you can repent, ask for forgiveness and call upon the name of the LORD. Many people have died needlessly because they did not know the LORD, or the power of His name. There are countless miracles that are recorded in the bible of people who were in distress, they called upon the name of the LORD and were delivered out of their distress. There are also many people in our time today who were also faced with various difficult situations; they too call upon the name of the LORD and were saved.
Whatever you are going through today, it may have been concluded that there is no way out. I would like to encourage you that there is no problem bigger than the name of the LORD.
Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:26; But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
I pray for you today that all things will become possible for you to achieve and accomplish as you call upon the name of the LORD.
Prayer: Father; please make all things possible for me as I call upon your name.
Key Dose: All power in Heaven and on Earth without exception, answer to the name of the LORD.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle