“In my distress, I called to the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry reached his ears.” – Psalm 18:6
Psalm 18 was composed by David the day God delivered him from the hands of Saul. I encourage you to read it and jot down the attributes of God you find because there are a lot!
Today, we’re going to be focusing on verse 6: “In my distress, I called to the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry reached his ears.” – Psalm 18:6
What fascinated me in this verse is how David describes himself calling to God in his distress. How often do we call out to God before or after, but not in the middle of unwanted news, unexpected detours, and unforeseen situations?
Last week, God challenged me to answer this question.
My week started off with the unwanted news that a close family member lost his job because he was, simply put, an honest Christian man.
Then I went to the eye doctor that week, expecting no trouble whatsoever. I planned to have my eyes examined, purchase glasses if needed, and then spend the remainder of my afternoon finishing an article.
Instead, I experienced weird symptoms from the dilating eye drops. And when I say weird, I mean weird. My complexion turned white, my lips turned purple, and my stomach turned inside out (or at least that is what it felt like).
Thankfully, the symptoms wore off. But the unexpected news and interrupted plans of my week did not. My eye doctor advised me to take a break from my writing for the rest of the evening. There went my plans to finish an article.
I learned through each of these situations that seeking Christ in the middle of our disappointment and interrupted plans is hard. But as David models for us in Psalm 18:6, it is possible.
After hearing the news that someone close to me lost his job, I cried out to God in prayer. While undergoing weird symptoms from the eye drops, I recited passages of scripture.
I’m not writing this to portray myself as a picture-perfect Christian, because I’m definitely not. Just ask my parents and siblings. And I’m not writing this to downplay suffering or discredit those whose hard days pale in comparison to mine.
Rather, I’m writing this to show you, fellow teenager, that in your hard days, whether seriously intense or seemingly trivial, you can seek Christ. Is it hard? Yes. But by the grace of God, it is made possible.
Cry out to him for help, strength, and grace; and just as David’s cry reached his ears, yours will too.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. “- Psalm 9:10