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May 3, 2019

Answer Me When I Call

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” (Psalm 4:1)

Psalm 4 is a prayer of David when things were not going well. So he calls out to God. He asks the Lord to be “gracious to him and to hear his prayers.” His confidence in God is seen in this verse: “You have given me relief” or as another translation says “you have always cared for me in my distress.” It is in God’s nature to be merciful. Look at the following verses to understand why David has this confidence:

“The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer” (Psalm 6:9).
“Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy” (Psalm 28:6).
“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy” (Psalm 116:1).

When we have problems and difficulties, like David, we need to go to Jesus with confidence. He will hear us and help us. No matter what we are going through right now, Jesus knows all about it and cares for you. We need to go to Him in prayer and ask for His mercy and grace. Notice how David ends Psalm 4: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

When we give our needs and concerns to the Lord, He will give us peace in the situation. When we turn everything over to Him, we can rest and sleep well! “The Lord hears and He is gracious! Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Question: What are you going through right now that needs to be given to the Lord? Do you have confidence in the Lord to let Him handle everything?

Challenge: Give all you worry and concerns to Jesus and then rest in Him and sleep well.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your mercies and grace each day. Help me to give all my concerns and worries to You with confidence that You care for me. Then help me “to lie down and sleep well.”

Jack Hughes, Jr., Chapel Leader -- Clearwater Threshers

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