Posts Tagged ‘cry out to God’

“Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me.  I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.” Psalm 142:4

Pretty pitiful, eh?  To be honest… there have been times when I’ve been able to completely relate to the way David was feeling when he wrote this.  My guess is that you’ve had those times, too.

  • Times when you were desperate to feel loved and valued.
  • Times when life overwhelmed you.
  • Times when you felt cornered by your enemies.

When David penned this Psalm, he was hiding in caves from Saul who was on a mission to kill him.  David was losing hope of escaping with his life!  He was feeling alone and fearful.

David had a pity party.

Now I am not saying it wasn’t without cause!  When the enemy pursues us at full-bore… it can knock us down and cause us to roll into a fetal position of self-protection.  When we are so oppressed, it’s easy to begin the spiral of self-pity.

But that isn’t Kingdom living.

I wonder… have you ever been invited to or attended one of my pity parties?  It’s quite an affair.  It looks something like this…

  • I cry a river so my make-up smears (nice dramatic effect)
  • I refuse to talk about it one minute and then purge every emotion known to mankind in the next
  • I use it as an excuse to not shower or clean the house
  • I snap at everything my family says causing them to live in fear of inviting the wrath of mom upon them
  • I feel sorry for myself and my sad, miserable existence (as if!)

Oh, I’m sure I’m leaving something out.  Is there anything you can add from your own “party” experience?

The problem is that this isn’t the life God calls us to.  Throughout the Bible, we read where people cried out to God in their distress… rather than wallow in it.   They boldly asked Him to provide relief and deliverance.  They confessed their own part in the situation… and then waited for God to act.

Rather than throw a pity party, they prayed about it.

Sometimes it takes me a while to get to that point.  There are times I am so down that prayer doesn’t come naturally or easily.  In certain situations, I almost enjoy the pity party… at least for a while.

Did I really just share that?

I pray I get to the point of crying out to God faster.  Do you need that, too?  When we do…

  • we’ll pull out of our tailspin faster.
  • we will gain a better perspective on the situation.
  • our family and friends won’t be afraid to be around us.
  • we will set a better example for our children.
  • God will honor our request.

David provides such a strong example of trusting God enough to cry out to Him for help.  Let’s learn from him!  The next time you feel a “party” coming on… there should only be one person on the invite list. 


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When I am struggling with life, sometimes I just wish I could sit in God’s lap and cry.  I’d like nothing more than for Him to give me His complete attention and cover me with His love.

No matter what I said or did… no matter how much snot was running out my nose or mascara was running down my face… no matter if my words made sense or not… He would love me unconditionally.

What would you say if I told you I knew the secret to having a private audience with God in times like this?

I know how you can have that level of intimacy with the Creator of the Universe… and I’ll share with you what you need to do to meet one-on-one with Him.

Ready?  Ok…  Cry out to Him.

Psalm 18:6 explains it best “A hostile world! I call to God, I cry to God to help me.  From his palace he hears my call; my cry brings me right into his presence— a private audience!” (Message)

When you are clawing and scraping to crawl out of that pit of despair and pain and you cry out to your Heavenly Father… HE HEARS YOU.

The great I AM hears you!

  • The same God who walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
  • The same God who parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River
  • The same God who gave Noah building plans for the boat
  • The same God who manifested as a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night to lead the Israelites from Egypt
  • The same God that Daniel prayed to in the lion’s den
  • The same God who called Jonah to speak His word in Nineveh

Yes… that SAME God hears your cry.  From Heaven, He hears you.

And when He hears one of His children crying out to Him in distress, He stops what He’s doing and brings you into His presence.

Have you felt that before? Maybe it was a calmness that came over you or a peace in the midst of it.  Maybe oddly, you felt heard for once.  Possibly you were able to take in a deep breath as the oppression was lifted.

That was God.

The scheme of the Enemy is to shut you up when you feel sad.  He wants to cut-off your communication with the One who can heal your heart.  He’ll tell you things like:

  • God’s too busy to deal with this petty issue.
  • God must be mad at you because He made this happen.  Why would you want to talk to Him about it?
  • God’s not into “high maintenance” children.
  • God’s tired of hearing about this issue!  Buck up and handle it yourself!

Those are lies from the pit of Hell.  Don’t buy into them.  Refrain from entertaining any part of them.

Scripture tells us that when we cry out… (1) He hears, and (2) He immediately meets us.  I love that…

Friends, when you are struggling to stand in the storms of life… call on your Father.

  • He will never grow tired of you.
  • He will never leave nor forsake you.
  • He created us to be in relationship with Him.
  • He can give us peace that no one else can offer.
  • He never has to “get back” to us and we never have to “leave a message at the beep.”

In the end… He’s all we’ve got.

Better yet… He’s all we need.

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