Verse 18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
Yesterday we talked about the importance of meeting one on one with God. While that was referring to the quiet time and interaction on a daily schedule, today’s verse brings us to a place where we all find ourselves at one point or another in life.
There are times in each of our lives when we will encounter days where we wish we could just get back in bed. Times where we can’t seem to make sense of what is going on and maybe even fear for the future. And there is no guarantee that this would be a one-time event, in fact the opposite is more likely true. This life is riddled with various troubles and trials but when we have someone to turn to we will learn to trust in their ability instead of ours.
We have mentioned it in previous sessions that David knew what it was to suffer in life, in fact he knew the stress that many of us don’t know – the fear of running for our lives. While we may not find ourselves in a place where we are in self-preservation mode, we will find times of struggles and when those times come we will turn to God for help and comfort.
David understood one of the most comforting things about having God in our lives, He is always close. Unlike those in our lives who are busy in their schedule, He always has times for us. Our friends may mean well and will be there for us as often as they can but even they can’t be there in every situation that comes our way but God never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is here in the thick and thin. But we don’t realize how close He is if we don’t turn and call to Him.
Calling out to Him does more than just remind us that He is near, it reminds us that He is the one that can handle and pull us through. He doesn’t necessarily pull us out of the trials but he won’t be leaving us and will help us grow in the midst of the struggle. But David also puts a little qualifier on this verse. If we want Him to come near, we need to call to Him in truth. What does it mean to call on Him in truth? It is calling on Him because we know the truth about His being Lord. When we call on Him as Lord, He shows us He is worthy of our trust because He has never failed us. His Lordship should be the biggest truth in our lives.
Making It Personal
Is He the true Lord of your life? When have you called on Him in time of troubles? Did He show up?
Making It Personal Kids
When is a time that Jesus has helped you through some troubles? Did you feel like He was close to you during that time? Do you think of Jesus as the boss of your life?
Father, thank You for always being there when we need You. Help us come to You with truth every time we don’t see the way out of a situation in life. In Jesus’ name, amen.