In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears. Psalm 18:6
There will be times in your life when your world is upside down and falling apart. In those moments, you may not know what to do, say, or even pray. However, in the midst of all that chaos, your numbed brain or your broken heart may somehow manage to cry out the name of the Almighty One. That cry can be out of rage, desperation, or even a mix of both.
This verse is just one instance of David crying out to God, but if you read the Psalms you will notice that David cries out to God multiple times! This is the same guy who killed wild animals to protect his sheep and killed Goliath to protect Israel, yet if you had never read any other accounts of David in the Old Testament you would never have believed that David was actually a King of Israel.
We know better because we do have all the books of the Old Testament. King David was one of the best leaders of Israel in history. He led Israel into war after war bringing victory to Israel and glory to God. He was the one known as a man after God’s own heart, yet he was as human as the rest of us when he fell into temptation and disobeyed God. Even in his imperfections, David consistently depended on God for all his needs. The same applies for us! We can rest assured that when we cry out to God, He hears our cry whether it’s audible or not.
The song this week is “Broken Hallelujah” by The Afters, and my mind just kept going back to that title. No matter what trial you may be facing in life, when you cry out to God and show your desperation for Him to the world I think that in itself is an act of worship. Yeah, it might not be your intent, but when you cry out to Him I think your cry reverberates to those around you too. Here is an example from David’s life:
Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:20-23
For days David had pleaded for the life of his unborn son through fasting and prayer, but God did not answer as David had hoped. David’s servants were so scared to tell David that his son had died, but they were shocked when King David actually did the opposite of what they expected: He kept on living. Not just living, David lived on for God WITH HOPE. He said, “I shall go to him.” King David held onto the hope that even though he couldn’t see or meet his son in this life he would one day see him in the next in heaven.
Friends, yes, there will be times when you cry out to God when you are on the brink of losing your sanity. How you react to the outcome of your trial will have a tremendous effect on those who are watching from the sidelines. I hope your trial can become an encouraging testimony to all who watch and all who will endure similar circumstances.