You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Psalm 81:7
Counting hope today in expectation of the answers......"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation!" Psalm 5:3 We can pray in expectation because we know He is faithful. I love the idea of David laying his requests before God in the morning.....He wasn't afraid to be open and transparent before God....and vulnerable. He knew that God would answer because of all the times He had answered in the past. He also knew that true faith means coming before the Lord with full assurance that God had already worked it out!
David made some big mistakes just like we all have, but he still knew that he was God's child. He knew that his help truly came from the Lord and no one else. Maybe you had a parent you could never count on. You always had hope that at least one time they would come through for you, but they never did. One time give a word of encouragement. One time, show up for the game. One time, say they loved you, were pulling for you, were on your side. You gave up, on them, on yourself....feeling you must not be worth it.
But take heart, because our Heavenly Father is not like that. He is in the bleachers cheering you on. He always has been. He says, you are mine and you are worthy! We need to look no further than Calvary to remind ourselves that God thinks we are indeed worth it.
"For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name." Psalm 61:5 #361
"They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed." Psalm 22:5 #362
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1 #363
#364 flowers in summer, #365 laughter when all else fails, #366 answers, expected and unexpected, #367 the gift of health, #368 time off work, #369 air-conditioning when it's 112 in the shade, #370 parents that were there......