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The Power of a Cry

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There is a reason, in God's Word, why there is a differentiation between the word "prayed" and "cried out." To cry out indicates a depth of passion, desperation, and need, that is not always in our normal prayers.

The Psalmist used the word in Psalm 107 as He speaks of the Israelites dilemma and the Lords' faithful response.

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;

They did not find a way to an inhabited city.

 5 They were hungry and thirsty;

Their soul fainted within them.

 6 THEN THEY CRIED OUT TO THE LORD IN THEIR TROUBLE;

He delivered them out of their distresses.

 

10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,

Prisoners in misery and chains,

 11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God

And spurned the counsel of the Most High.

 12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;

They stumbled and there was none to help.

 13 THEN THEY CRIED OUT TO THE LORD IN THEIR TROUBLE;

He saved them out of their distresses.

 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death.

 

17 Fools, because of their rebellious way,

And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

 18 Their soul abhorred all kinds of food,

And they drew near to the gates of death.

 19 THEN THEY CRIED OUT TO THE LORD IN THEIR TROUBLE;

He saved them out of their distresses.

 20 He sent His word and healed them,

And delivered them from their destructions.

 

25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,

Which lifted up the waves of the sea.

 26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;

Their soul melted away in their misery.

 27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,

And were at their wits’ end.

 28 THEN THEY CRIED TO THE LORD IN THEIR TROUBLE,

And He brought them out of their distresses.

 29 He caused the storm to be still,

So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

 30 Then they were glad because they were quiet,

So He guided them to their desired haven.

Notice the similarities. Each passage contains ...

  • A Deep Dilemma
  • A Desperate Cry
  • A Deliverance From A Faithful God.

And, after each of these passages, there is this admonition from the Psalmist:

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! (vss. 8, 15, 21, 31).

This is God's way and our pattern. There is no need to adjust it or deviate from this 3,000 years later. When we are in trouble, just as we are currently in our nation and our churches, we need to cry out.

He will be faithful to hear and provide. And, when He delivers, we need to give thanks!

Posted by Bill Elliff
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A RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF A VERY REAL GOD

The world and our enemy, Satan, constantly paint God into an awful caricature. They love to go to the extremes: a mean harsh, unloving God, or a soft, useless, impotent old man—kind of like a glorified Santa Claus. 

But neither of these are true. If you want to know God, you must go to the Bible and read it through prayerfully. Don't form your opinion with one isolated verse, often taken out of context. Study the whole context to see a fuller picture (a picture which we will only see fully in eternity).  

But here's one picture that will help you get a proper understanding of God and His Son, Jesus Christ: 

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16) 

Jesus is perfect in love and He proved it by leaving heaven, taking the form of a man, living a sinless life (although facing every temptation that you will ever face), and dying on the cross taking our sins to give us free access to God. His Father raised Him up by His glorious power to make Him victorious over sin, death, and the grave and provide a way that we can know have an intimate relationship with a Living Savior! 

And God, our Father, waits for all those who believe in His Son to "draw near with confidence to the throne of grace." Here, we will always find "mercy and find grace to help in time of need." 

That's our God and His Son! 

If you REALLY want to know Him, surrender your whole life into His care, and walk with Him daily in intimacy (which we can do because of His grace.) You will discover that He is all you ever dreamed of as a Perfect, Powerful, Eternal, Gracious Father ... and ten million times more.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Bill Elliff

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