Ever wonder if God is listening to you? Ever wonder if He actually hears you in your time of need and distress? It is with great pleasure to know that you and I are not alone in this wondering! In Psalm 69:30-32, King David found himself in this very position when he was crying out to God (verse 29). David cries out to God that “I am afflicted and in pain”. This particular cry is exactly what you and I say every time we run up against what seems like an insurmountable mountain or wall! Our very nature is to cry out and seek understanding, comfort, peace, and justice during these times. This is exactly what David was doing here. But keep steadfast, my friends, for King David didn’t let the circumstances weigh him down to the point of surrender. What David did next was take the statement “It’s not what happens to me, it’s what happens in me” to the next level. David said in verse 30 “I will praise the name of God with a song.”
This is exactly just the opposite of what many of us would consider doing when we hit the wall or reach the bottom of the trial. “I will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (verse 30). Think of James in James 1:2-3 “Consider it great joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” (verse 3), “knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Wait, what? Are these men crazy? Praise the name of the Lord, and considering it pure joy to face trials? No, not at all. In fact, these men are seeking God on His terms and not their own. As David praised God by song, he demonstrated a great faithfulness to a truly deserving God. By this measure of worship, David was offering God his whole-hearted praise and thanksgiving. This form of worship brings one to become humble, which is a sign for all of us who wish to be genuinely faithful. For the Lord does hear us and listens to those who seek Him in faith! My question to you, my friend, is when God sees you in a valley or in a trial, are you going to praise Him or are you going to cry out to God? Are you going to count it joy and give thanksgiving? May the word of God calm your storm, and may the glory of God shine upon you!
This week’s devotional was written by JR Rouse. He has a heart for God and for His people. He teaches adult Sunday School at Westlake Church in Indianapolis.