05/14/24 Cry Out to the Lord


One-year plan: 2 Samuel 20-22, John 1:29-51

Two-year plan: Numbers 17-18, Mark 10:17-31


Today’s one of those days that the Word in its simplicity encourages and blesses me. God had rescued David from all his enemies, including Saul, and David sang a song of thanksgiving in turn. In that song are words that simply drip with hope:

  • “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.” (2 Sam 22:4)
  • “I called to the Lord in my distress; I called to my God. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry for help reached his ears.” (2 Sam 22:7)
  • “Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, Lord; I will sing praises about your name.” (2 Sam 22:50)

David cried out to the Lord, and that made all the difference. The Lord heard him—and David could only give thanks and sing His praises. Knowing who this God is, why would we not cry out to Him? Indeed, I hear these comforting, powerful words of 2 Samuel 22, and I’m reminded of these words of a famous hymn: “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!” To forfeit peace and bear pain simply because we don’t turn to the God who hears our cries makes little sense.

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you cry out to the Lord first when you face a tough time?           

PRAYER: “God, I don’t want to forfeit peace. Thank You for hearing me.”


One-year plan: 2 Samuel 23-24, John 2

Two-year plan: Numbers 19-20, Mark 10:32-45          

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