Thursday, May 17, 2018
Heaven’s 24-hour Emergency Hotline
In review of Psalm 50:15 it says, “Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” (NLT).
Psalm 50 talks shows the contrast between true and false faith and reminds me that God desires sincere thanks, trust, and praise. Today’s verse is the second part of Psalm 50:14-15.
I’m to make thankfulness my sacrifice to God, and to keep the vows I made to the Most High. Then I can call on Him when I'm in trouble, and He promises to rescue me, and asks that I give him the glory.
God judges people for treating him lightly. Those who go through the motions, but not honoring God with true praise and thankfulness. Also those who are hard-hearted people for their evil words and immoral lives. God asks for genuine thanksgiving and trust, and he warns the evil to consider their deeds, they they be destroyed in his anger.
People go through the motions, but their hearts were not in it. I too fall into the same pattern at times when I participate in religious activities, tithe, or attend service out of habit or conformity rather than out of heartfelt love and obedience. God wants righteousness, not empty ritual.
God wants me to ask him for help when I’m in trouble. He says, “Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15 GW)
These are “microwave” type prayers because they are quick and to the point: Help! SOS! Mayday! For instance, when temptation strikes and I don’t have time for a long conversation with God, simply cry out! David, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and countless others have prayed this kind of instant prayer for help in trouble.
The Bible guarantees that my cry for help will be heard because Jesus is sympathetic to my struggle. He faced the same kinds of problems I do. He “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15 NLT).
If God is waiting to help me, why don’t I turn to him more often? Honestly, sometimes I don’t want to be helped! At that moment I think I know what’s best for me, that I’m more qualified than God is. At other times I’m embarrassed to ask God for help. But the Bible says, “Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16 GNT).
God’s love is everlasting, and his patience endures forever. I can ask him for help and then watch how he provides.
God rescues. Trust in Him and then give the glory to him.
What this means to me:
I can trust God in my times of trouble, when I do he will rescue me and I will give Him the glory for what He has done.
In summary, God desires my sincere thanks, trust and praise. I can call on him when I'm in trouble. I need to be careful of just doing something out of habit or conformity. God is not interested in my empty or half-hearted rituals. God does want me to ask him for when I'm in trouble. I can use quick and to the point prayers (microwave prayers). I need to turn to him more often. Avoid the notion that I know what's best for myself and don't need help or even being embarrassed to ask, for God's love is everlasting and his patience endures forever.
This morning Father I want to renew my commitment to follow wholeheartedly. I need to not get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent. I need to set aside the right time to be sincere in my belief and in my relationships with others. I need to make time for the important and not just the urgent. I also ask Father that you continue to help me sort through and organize the tasks in front of me, allow me to focus on the important and to communicate the right priorities to the team. Help me to not be overwhelmed. Help me communicate rightly with people. These things I pray in Jesus name.
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