Hope in God’s Response to My Cry

Have you been here?

“The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
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.”  ~Psalm 18:4-6

Facing death? Drowning in fear? Swallowed up in the dark?

The Psalmist David draws such a vivid picture of his despair.

He also lets us know right away what his first response to this trial was – He called out to God, crying for deliverance.

So, how did God respond? I love these phrases! (Emphasis mine):

” 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.” ~Psalm 18:7-15

Whew! When God is touched by the cries of His children, He doesn’t mess around! He MOVES on the behalf of His children.

And even though He has all of nature crashing about in His anger, His actions toward His child are just precious:

“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.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” ~Psalm 18:16-19

He draws us to Himself, above the battle’s fray. He delivers us. He holds us steady. He brings us to a safe place.

I don’t know what enemy you’re facing today. I have no idea how much pain you are in, or just what need you have; but I do know your God, if He is this God of the Bible.

He can deliver you. He can bring you into a place of peace. He will show you mercy as you walk in obedience to Him.

“Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;” ~Psalm 18:24-25

God will bring light into our darkness.

 “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” ~Psalm 18:28

No matter your trial today, call out to Him. He will hear and will deliver. Then walk forward in obedience into the light of His presence.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Hope in the Dark

Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10

Excerpt from the blog waaaay back in 2009 (https://obtainingmercy.com/2009/07/22/hope-in-his-help/):

There will be things in our lives that we do not understand.  In fact, we may go to our grave having never fully grasped what God was doing in a certain situation in our life.

We must, however, remember that God’s wisdom and knowledge are so deep that we cannot know them.  We could search our entire lives and never understand His ways.

He is that much greater than we are.

So why is it that we try to tell God how He should do a thing?

I find myself constantly informing God of situations that need His intervention.  Or I go to Him in prayer, only to begin praying out my plan for how He could solve a problem.

What in the world am I thinking?

Ah…maybe that’s the problem:  I am only “in the world”.  I am human.  I am not divine.  I do not have the tiniest inkling of the understanding and wisdom that God has.

Let’s have the faith to stop micromanaging God.  Just let Him take care for things.  Take our hands off the situation, and with a heart full of hope in His promises, give it to our awesome God.

He has promised that He will work it to our good.  Allow this trial to work out a greater faith and trust in your heart as well.

God is still on the throne. Even in the dark, we can trust Him to do His best for us in every situation.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

The Timing of Praise

I was talking about this yesterday with a friend, and I felt I was struggling to express my thoughts. This morning I found the perfect quote by Nancy DeMoss:

 

My praise of God and to God is so powerful in my own life. It pours out blessings that I’d miss otherwise.

This subject of praise is so multi-faceted and there is much to remember. I’m so glad the Lord is patient with me as I re-learn some of these truths.

Alesha Kay

When God Does Math

“In every situation…

“When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God’s mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can’t see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise.”  ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy

He Hears You.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. ~John 15:15

There’s no need to shout to the Heavens. If He’s is your Saviour, His Spirit lives right there in your heart. You can whisper a prayer in your mind and He hears and knows your heart’s desire.

He cares for you more that He cares for the little sparrow.  He will hear you. Call out to Him today. Give Him your heavy burdens. Let Him sustain you.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Savor

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Quite often, our sin becomes very precious to us. We indulge in it, we hold it tightly to our chest, we hide it, we spend time and energy and money on it. We savor it.

Yet we know it doesn’t please our Saviour.

We ignore His Word when we delight in our sin. We certainly aren’t savoring His truth while we’re enjoying our sin.

I want to savor the Saviour MORE than I savor my sin.

Matthew 16:24 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It all comes down to denying self, doesn’t it? Turning our back on what we want and turning our face into His presence.

Closing our eyes to the desires of the flesh, pressing the blossoms of His truth closely to our face and inhaling His Spirit and wisdom from the pages of His Word.

May God grant me the strength to walk away from the delights of this flesh and run into the delight of His Word, His preaching, His church, and His people.

In Him,

Alesha Kay