I hope you are enjoying this first bank holiday weekend of the month. I’m sure that we are in for a special time this Sunday as we come together to celebrate our life in Christ and glorify God for all that he continues to do among us.
Do you know that even when life is difficult and challenging, the best and most effective thing we can do is praise God and call upon his name. Psalm 34 is a psalm of David and reflects a curious time in his life, when he was fearful of his circumstances and pretended to be insane to escape the imprisonment of Abimelech, the Philistine king. David’s plan was successful, and I suspect Psalm 34:6 delivers a strong clue as to why that was the case. David writes, ‘This poor man called, and the Lord heard him, he saved him out of all his troubles.’
The Hebrew word used here for ‘called’ is ‘Qara’ and it means to ‘cry out; call aloud; roar; proclaim; pronounce and even to praise and celebrate’. I sense the passion and determination for breakthrough in the ‘calling out’ of David and a sense of belief in the capability of God to create a way forward.
Calling out in praise is sometimes an act of faith, especially when we feel troubled or distanced from God. David describes himself as a ‘poor man’ yet ‘the Lord heard him’. Be encouraged today, even if you feel a sense of lack, God hears your innermost cry. There really is no time like the present to call aloud, roar, proclaim and praise the one who specialises in setting people just like us absolutely free!