Thought for the Week - 17th JunePastor Gareth Watkins
Psalm 30: 2
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
Have you ever cried out to God?
If you follow God with all your heart, He will do the bit you can’t.
Calling out to God is not hard or complicated. We see people who cry out to God written of right throughout the bible. In the verse above we see that David knows about crying out to God.
What we read of above is a relationship; a relationship which involves us crying out to God in anguish. God himself wants us to cry out to him with a problem that’s too big for us to handle. God knows things are going to come into our lives and when they do, He expects us to cry out to Him. What we find is that if we cry out to God, He will do the next bit.
When the troubles, illnesses and difficulties come, and when the pressure seeks to overwhelm us, we have a choice. That choice is do we cry out to God or do we not.
If you were to Google “crying out to God”, the results bring up great names from the bible – men such as Moses, Samuel, Nehemiah, David, and Jesus. When we read their stories, we see that as they cry out to God, something from the natural breaks through to the supernatural, and God is there.
He expects us to come to him with those things deep inside. As natural parents we expect our children to come us with their problems and their worries. As our Heavenly Father, God expects the same from us as His children.
In the verse above, we see David saying that he cried out and that God healed Him. Whatever circumstances were upon Him, David saw that the problem was bigger than himself, and that he had to cry out to God about it. When he cried out, something spiritual came. God Himself came to deal with the things in the natural.
When we speak of crying out to God, we speak of a cry that comes right out from our spirit. We might find there are tears and anguish that come with that cry. But when people cry out to God, something of the miraculous occurs. God answers those prayers in ways that belong to Him. God comes into these circumstances and sets people free, cleanses them from sins, gives them strength through their pains and their troubles. But if we don’t cry out to God, then nothing happens.
The co-Founder of Struthers, Mr Black, wrote in his book “Christ the Deliverer” of God’s healings of so many different things. He speaks of his experiences where God healed people with bipolar disorder, cured deafness and blindness, healed arthritis, depression, and phobias. We ourselves have seen so many miracles of God, where people have cried out to Him and God has answered in a mighty way!
Crying out to God brings answers! Most importantly, crying out to God brings answers that belong to God. Not in our way, but in His way.
When Jonah was trapped in the belly of the fish, we read that he cried to God. God answered. When Peter walked on the water, in fear He cried out to God. Christ answered. All through the Welsh Revival, people cried out to God for forgiveness. God moved.
We too need to cry out to God from the depths of our heart.
David knows it was God that had healed him. Later in the same chapter we read him talk of the depths:
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
David knows that He’s been rescued from traps. He knows that it is God who has kept him alive. God takes us out of traps when we cry out to him. He rescues us from that which we’re unable to escape in our own strength. He keeps our spirit alive.
If we continue, we read:
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
David is thankful to God for the life that is going to come in the future. He knows how to cry out to God with sincerity. He knows that he needs God to live a victorious life. We cannot bring ourselves out from the grave. We cannot heal ourselves. We need God!
If you come to Christ, He will do the rest. If you come to Him with what you’ve got, He will take that what he gave you and keep it forever.
We have to call out to him. Cry out to him!
Are we too proud to cry out? The first part is for us. We need to take that first step. We need to cry “Son of David have mercy on me”.
We have to engage with God and ask him to take whatever it is that binds us.