Psalm 18:6-17 – “In my 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. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.”
Yes, I know, lots of verses. But look at them. Read them again. Do you see the power in these verses? Do you feel the passion?
Yesterday, my pastor used some of these verses in his sermon. He was talking about how when we call out to God, He comes running. And when one of His children are being messed with, He goes what I like to call all “momma bear” on them. You know how it is when someone is mistreating or messing with someone you love. It is “Katie, bar the door” because you are ready to defend them. That is exactly how God is. When we call out to Him in our distress, when we choose to allow Him to take over the situation, He comes on at full speed ready to do all that is necessary to protect us. Just think about that for a moment, the Creator of the universe, in all His glory and honor, comes running to a lowly sinner like me whenever I ask Him to. He is my Abba, my Father – and that’s just what Daddies do. They see the need of their child and they move heaven and earth to help them.
We were just laughing the other day about when my son was born my Daddy was so funny. I had just endured 24 hours of hard labor to get his first grandchild into the world naturally and by the time I was done, the kitchen was closed. I had had nothing to eat all day and now all they had to give me was crackers. I remember my Daddy coming up to me and saying, “Baby, you want me to go to McDonald’s and get you something? I’ll go get you a hamburger, baby. You just tell me what you want.” It was midnight and the thought of a McDonald’s hamburger after 24 hours of labor was almost more than I could stand but the love and the effort behind that statement was overwhelming.
In a sense, that’s exactly what God does for us. Oh, He may not offer you McDonald’s at midnight after delivering a baby, but He will do all that is in His power to set your feet on solid ground. And think about that – all that is in His power – He is power! So with God on your side, how can you fail? Oh, you might stumble and get tripped up and maybe even find yourself in a hole sometimes, but you are a child of the King. Abba will always come running whenever we call out to Him.
So this week, let me encourage you to not get discouraged and think that you are on this path alone. No friend, you have the King of glory at your side. All you have to do is call out to Him in your distress.