If you were asked to share a story of how God once came through for you, which instance would you share? Would it be the time He healed you physically, or someone else that you were praying for? Or, would it be the time He totally took care of a financial need?
Me? I would probably mention the time he helped our newborn Abigail bounce back from a nearly fatal bout with pneumonia, 18 years ago. There in the neo-natal ICU, Abbi was so sick that her body had turned a pale grey. We thought for sure we were losing her. In an exhausted heap at the front of the little chapel on the first floor of the hospital, with broken hearts, my wife and I released her to God.
But God came through, powerfully answering our prayers and giving Abbi an amazing comeback. Today, she’s a very graceful worship leader at our church. Imagine that.
If we thought about it long enough, most of us would have a number of examples to choose from of how God haa come through on our behalf. It is a good practice to recall these moments, to give the Lord praise for what He has done.
That is what David is doing in Psalm 18, simply telling a story of how God came through for him when he really needed help. Per usual, David was being harassed by the bad guys and feeling the weight of it. So, he did the best thing he could do:
“…in my distress I cried out to the LORD, yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” -Psalm 18:6, NLT
David goes on to describe in detail how God dramatically intervened in his life and gave him victory. But rather than crediting his deliverance to good luck or to his own cleverness, David gave a drop-the-mic speech about the power and goodness of God.
“They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the LORD supported me.” – v. 18
Friend, from your very first prayer request when you asked Jesus to be your Savior, to your everyday requests for help, God hears and He answers. Be assured of it. If you are feeling the weight of a situation in front of you today, take a moment right now to shift the weight of it and release it to God. Repeat as necessary.
Like David, after we get on down the road a little ways, we’ll be able to swap stories of how the Lord came through for us.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.