In a recent blog, I wrote about being rescued by God and how calling out to God facilitates that rescue.
I confess too often I don’t call out to God when hard times come. One reason is that I’m feeling sad and at times mad because He allowed difficult trials in my life. Also, too often when I call on Him to remove the hard circumstances, they get worse.
It’s taken me a long time to realize (as I’ve written before) that God seems to have little interest in quickly ending my hard times. What He seems bent on doing is helping me to grow through them. And He provides for my needs in difficult days and shows His faithfulness.
I remember years ago, I looked up the verses that talked about calling out to God and wrote them on cards and called them my “calling cards.”
In my latest attempts to keep from drowning in a sea of overpowering waves, I realize once again that God isn’t going to get me out of these turbulent waters any time soon. So I’m determined to call on Him—every day. My goal is to listen to and for His voice and make the choice to obey, even though He refuses to give me my way—which is to get me out of these life-threatening, swirling waters.
As I call on Him, I see He is able to calm the waves of the sea. And when He doesn’t, calms the turbulence in me—if I let Him and as I draw close to Him. I have to let that be enough and realize He is building my strength and character as I wrestle with the sea, which can be calm one minute, and then the torrents rise up again.
Here are verses—taken from the Psalms–which speak of calling on the Lord. My list started out longer, but now I have kept the ones which contain a promise. Many others were pleas for God to do something as He was called upon–like this verse: I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. Ps 141:1
Here are the ones with promises italicized:
I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Psalm 3:4 NIV
…the Lord hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:3
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. Ps 18:3
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2
…you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Psalm 31:22
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6
…call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:15
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Psalm 55:16
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5
I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1
When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. Psalm 138:3
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Ps 145:18
David spoke many times of calling on the Lord, and often miracles happened when He did, but yet as I read the Psalms I see that even though David was referred to as a man after God’s own heart, there were times he failed to call on the Lord. This brought about disastrous results. Two times that come to mind are when he didn’t go to war and instead stayed home and slept with one of his soldier’s wives who became pregnant, and then he murdered that soldier. (See 2 Samuel 11)
Another occasion when it seemed he repeatedly failed to call on the Lord in regard to his children, with the end result being one son killing another. (See 2 Samuel 13)
When I don’t call on the Lord, I’m declaring I can manage matters on my own—that I don’t need God. Then I can easily make a mess of things.
Calling on Him instead of being self-sufficient shows I trust Him, and I believe that He hears me and will answer—not in the way I demand, but in the way that seems best to Him.
One of my favorite calling on Him verses from the above list is Psalm 50:15: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (NKJV)
When I call on the Lord, He promises to deliver me. And when I let Him deliver me, which leads me on to obedience, it brings Him glory. But just the act of allowing Him to deliver me also brings Him glory.
Today and in the days ahead, I’m determined to call on the Lord and receive all the promises attached to His caring command.
“I Will Call Upon the Lord” by Keith Lancaster & The Acappella Company